Your own personal food histamine sensor? It’s almost here!

Star Trek Tricorder Replica – my idea of what the new histamine sensors will look like…

“The ultimate goal of the project is to produce detectors for expert and non-expert staff to assess when unhealthy levels of biogenic amines have accumulated in foodstuffs.”

That means we’ll soon be able to measure the level of histamine at the dinner table! How incredible would that be?

From the University of Brighton website…

“They include the heterocycles histamine, tryptamine, tyramine and phenylethylamine, and the linear polyamines putrescine, cadaverine, spermine and spermidine. These compounds are found in high levels in foodstuffs that involve microbial processing steps, e.g. cheese which contains up to 1 g kg-1 of BAs. Their concentrations are closely linked to the presence of toxic bacteria, particularly in fish decomposition.” 

As a closet sci fi nerd (with a serious case of histaminosis/histamine intolerance) I’ve spent the last two years wondering why these don’t yet exist. This news is another sign that the scientific and medical community is finally taking a real interest in this subject. Would you buy one? I wonder what the price point on something like this would be.

I have more interesting histamine testing news coming up in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for some seriously exciting news!