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Migraine Food Triggers

What are migraine food triggers? There are several types of foods that are reported to trigger migraines. Of course, we are all unique, so one product or experience that triggers an event in one person may not even remotely affect another person.

The goal for anyone with this issue is to first be able to identify the Migraine Food Triggers that you are sensitive to.

The next step is to avoid or limit these triggers as much as you can. Do this at least as a test for a period of time.

There is however, a correct and a not so correct way to do this. The wrong way is to avoid all foods that you might suspect as possible migraine food triggers.

This is because there are only a small number of people who have migraines that are triggered solely by food. Additionally, avoiding entire food groups can lead to an unbalanced diet, which some would contend a small price to pay to avoid these attacks.

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Actually, foods are not the alpha and omega of the issue, because there are stress factors as well as emotional inputs, hormonal influences, and a bunch of medications include “headaches” in there long list of side affects as well.

The commonest foods that trigger migraines in a majority of susceptible people (again this is selective for the individual) can include:

  • Caffeine in all products, not just coffee
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Dairy products
  • Yeast
  • Some beans (which includes peanut), as well as broad, lima, Italian, lentil, soy, peas
  • Avocados
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickled herrings
  • Canned soups and packet soup mixes
  • Chicken livers * (why would you eat this?)    
  • Dried meats
  • Ripe banana
  • Soya products as well as the bean itself
  • Sodium nitrate, which is used to preserve hot dogs, bacon and cured meats
  • The preservative benzoic acid and its associated compounds
  • MSG, common name for monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer which is now in almost universal use in almost all processed foods
  • Nuts
  • Sourdough breads
  • Cheeses which have been aged, i.e. cheddar
  • Red wines, beer, champagne, vermouth
  • Chocolate
  • Anchovies

So if you follow this approach, you seemingly won't be able to eat anything! This list seems depressingly long, yet there are other food triggers as well.

The good news is that most of the list comes from the highly processed and manufactured food products so aren’t too difficult to identify, test, and eliminate from ones diet one at a time.

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