Is Milk Chocolate Low Histamine?

No, milk chocolate is not low histamine. This is thanks to several different ingredients, including sugar, cocoa beans, and soy products such as lecithin. Starting with sugar, usually the most abundant ingredient in milk chocolate, this adds to your body’s overall inflammation burden by feeding bad bacteria, some of which create histamine as a by-product. Then comes cocoa, which contains both caffeine and theobromine, two alkaloids which block the function of DAO, the enzyme which clears histamine.

Lastly are the additives like lecithins, flavorings, and sometimes vegetable oils, which are added in varying degrees to almost all milk chocolates. Because good quality milk chocolates contain more cocoa fat than cocoa solids, a milk chocolate can have lower impact on your histamine than a dark chocolate.

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