Foods Most Likely to Trigger a Migraine Headache

January 15, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Headaches, Migraines

PhotobucketStudies show that ingestion of the following foods or substances may induce migraine headaches in susceptible individuals.

Apple, banana, grapes, melon, peach, strawberries, avocado, citrus fruits, pineapple, raspberry, red plum

Carrots, corn, onion, tomato, potato, cabbage, eggplant, pickles, spinach

Black eyed peas, peanuts, pinto beans, soy, broad beans

All types

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

Coffee, tea, wine (esp. red), beer, and other types of alcohol

Cane sugar, chocolate

Benzoic acid, MSG, tartrazine

Fried foods, garlic, yeast and yeast extracts, fermented foods, Marmite, sauerkraut, soy sauce, vinegar

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.

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One Response to “Foods Most Likely to Trigger a Migraine Headache”

  1. Caleb Belac on April 12th, 2009 8:26 pm

    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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