MAOI diet

MAOI diet

Monoamine oxidase inhibitor diet. A diet that is low in tyramine and thus not likely to cause adverse reactions (e.g., hypertensive crisis), in patients who are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors.

Foods to be avoided
Aged cheese; aged or cured meats (e.g., air-dried sausage); any potentially spoilt meat, poultry or fish; broad bean pods (e.g., fava beans); concentrated yeast extract (e.g., Marmite); sauerkraut; soy sauce and soy bean condiments, including tofu; pizzas made in specialty restaurants (pizza-chain pizzas are OK); and draught beer.
 
Foods allowed in moderation
Wine and domestic bottled or canned beer are considered safe when consumed in moderation.
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In the 1970s and 1980s, the "MAOI diet" list of prohibited foods contained >70 items.
The making of a user friendly MAOI diet. J Clin Psychiatry.
After examining the literature and conducting its own tyramine analyses, his group developed a "user-friendiy MAOI diet" that bans aged cheese, the yeast extract Marmite, soy-containing products, and certain cured meats, but allows such normally barred comestibles as bottled beer and commercial pizzas.