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Dietitian Q/A

Because of the contents of some questions and the large number we receive, the MUSC Dietitians only answer selected questions. Although we discourage questions regarding personal health problems, scheduling an appointment with the outpatient dietitian to address these concerns is encouraged. Appointments can be made after a physician referral is received.

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 Question:  Upon discharge I was provided with "The Tyramine restricted meal plan" Under Vegetables one of the "Foods to Avoid" was soybeans. Is that meant to include all soy bean byproducts(soy milk, soybean oil, soy sauce etc.?


Yes, as all soy products contain tyramine.

Soy is a healthy alternative to meat products generally, but all soy products contain tyramine, especially fermented soy products. The amount of tyramine depends on the age of both the soy beans used and the age of the soy product. If you let your soy product sit around too long, it will begin to build up even higher levels of tyramine.

Other soy products with elevated levels of tyramine include tofu, miso and teriyaki sauce.

Answered: 08/11/2011

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