Urinary Catecholamine, Histamine & 5-HIAA Estimation
This special diet was designed by the Departments of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition and Dietetics and is suitable for both adults and children having urine collected for catecholamines, histamine or serotonin studies.
The diet must be followed for 24 hours prior to and also during the course of urine collection.
Avoid the following:
Fruit: Bananas, canned and fresh pineapple, plum, grapes, kiwifruit, avocado, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, oranges, guava, mango, passionfruit, dried fruit.
Jams:All except apricot.
Vegetables:Tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, broadbeans, pickled vegetables eg sauerkraut.
Nuts & Seeds: All including peanut butter and tahini
Dairy: All cheeses and cheese spreads, yoghurt flavoured with nuts, muesli containing nuts or above fruits, chocolate yogo, banana strawberry and chocolate flavoured milk, fruit smoothies.
Fish & Seafood: All including canned, fried and salted fish and seafood.
Chocolate:All forms including Cocoa and Milo.
Processed Meats: All including devon, salami, sausages, ham, chicken loaf, turkey loaf.
Condiments: All chutneys and also malted or coloured vinegar, mayonnaise & tartare sauce.
Fermented Foods: Yeast extracts eg Marmite, Vegemite, fish paste, fish sauce, soy sauce, meat gravy.
Drinks: All wine and beer (all fermented beverages). Juices of all fruit listed above.
The following foods are allowed:
Rice: Brown or white, rice cakes – avoid any rice product containing nuts, seeds, fruit or flavouring as listed above.
Bread & Cereals: All plain bread and breakfast cereals, whole meal and white flour products except those containing nuts, seeds, fruit, flavourings or fillings as listed above.
Pasta: Including spaghetti or noodles. Avoid those containing nuts, seeds, fruit, flavouring or fillings as listed above eg. Avoid ravioli and coloured pastas.
Confectionery :Brown or white sugar. Boiled and jelly sweets.
Fresh fruit: Apples, pears, apricots, peaches, rockmelon, watermelon.
Vegetables: All fresh vegetables not listed above.
Coconut: Including coconut milk.
Dairy: Fresh milk, fresh cream, vanilla yoghurt, plain ice cream and custard, (artificial) strawberry yogo.
Meats: All freshly prepared meats, including chicken.
Eggs: Whole eggs, egg white and yolk are allowed.
Spreads: Apricot jam and honey.
Condiments: Clear vinegar, vanilla, nutmeg, powdered stock (eg for gravy) may be used only if freshly prepared.
Drinks: Milk, milkshakes (vanilla, coffee, plain or caramel flavoured), lemonade, tea, coffee, apple juice.
Information sheet from The Children's Hospital at Westmead