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Foods Most Likely to Trigger a Migraine Headache

by in Headaches, Migraines January 15, 2008

PhotobucketStudies show that ingestion of the following foods or substances may induce migraine headaches in susceptible individuals.
Fruit:
Apple, banana, grapes, melon, peach, strawberries, avocado, citrus fruits, pineapple, raspberry, red plum
Vegetables:
Carrots, corn, onion, tomato, potato, cabbage, eggplant, pickles, spinach
Beans/Legumes:
Black eyed peas, peanuts, pinto beans, soy, broad beans
Nuts:
All types
Grains:
Oats, rice, rye, wheat
Animal Products:
Beef, cheese, chicken, cow’s milk, egg, fish, goat’s milk, pork, wieners
Aged Meats, canned or smoked fish, cheese, chicken or beef liver, dry pork & beef sausage, egg white, pickled herring, sour cream
Beverages:
Coffee, tea, wine (esp. red), beer, and other types of alcohol
Sweets:
Cane sugar, chocolate
Additives:
Benzoic acid, MSG, tartrazine
Miscellaneous:
Fried foods, garlic, yeast and yeast extracts, fermented foods, Marmite, sauerkraut, soy sauce, vinegar
References:
1. Pizzorno JE, Murray MT: Migraine Headache. In Textbook of Natural Medicine, 2nd ed. Harcourt Brace and Company Limited 1999, pp 1406-1408.
2. Shils ME, Olson JA, Shike M (eds): Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 8th ed. Lea & Febiger 1994,p 1607.
3. Joneja JM: Biogenic Amines. In Dietary Management of Food Allergies and Intolerances, 2nd ed. JA Hall Publications Ltd. 1998, pp 149-163.
4. Joneja JM: Diet and Migraine. In Dietary Management of Food Allergies and Intolerances, 2nd ed. JA Hall Publications Ltd. 1998, pp 311-317.

One Comment
  1. Man this little website, not having to much information about migraines but just examples of all the foods on it.. cutting out different items that you listed are common triggers have really prevented me from getting migraines as often as they did! thanks a lot

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