Posted by maxime on July 27, 2003, at 13:25:57
In reply to Re: MAOI: what are fava beans? Am in UK » maxime, posted by don_bristol on July 27, 2003, at 5:08:28
> Maxine wrote:
> > I have no idea why it's restricted to the fava bean. But I have
> > eaten every other bean and had no reaction at all. Plus, the
> > lists always state "fava bean" which is precise.
> Maxine, thanks for your reply. I am a bit suspicious when there is such a precise reference to "fava beans" but to no other as being a problem for those taking MAOIs.
> I remember that Chianti wine was always seens as a problem but other red wines were not. In time this was broadened to include the other red wines.
> So maybe it is fava beans for now and maybe later it will include other beans.
> Can I clarify something else you wrote. You said you had eaten lots of other beans. Are these also beans you are in the pod or were they just the bean seeds which you ate?
> BTW are you one of those people who do not get much of a tyramine reaction when on MAOIs? I gather than some people are more sensitive to this than others.
I've eaten beans in the pods and out of the pods. I eat a lot of black beans and kidney beans as well.
I guess I am one of those people who don't get much of a reaction but I still approach each forbiden food with caution.
I did have a really bad experience from soy sauce. But now I use something called Bragg and it's like soy sauce only it's not fermented and it is made of amino acids. It seems to be only available in health food stores.
Also because I am vegetarian, I don't eat any of the meat/fish foods so maybe that is another reason why I haven't had too many reactions.
Next on my list to try is MISO. I am very nervous about this one because of my reaction to the soy sauce. But I love MISO soup and if I can eat it without a reaction then I can eat tempeh (fermented soy).
My basic rule for an MAOI diet is NEW=alright and OLD/Fermented=bad. This includes eating fruit and vegetables that are over ripe because they becoming fermented (especially fruit).