Foods that Trigger Migraine Headaches In Migrainures..


Foods that trigger migraine headaches.

For some migraine sufferers it may not be the food they eat, but the additives to the foods that trigger migraines. In each food group certain ones can provoke a great deal of pain for some migrainures.

Around twenty percent of migraine sufferers have sensitivity to a specific food, or foods that trigger migraine headaches. We've to often listened to friends tell us about certain foods and beverages that trigger their migraines. For one friend it was cheese that she would snack on. She had severe migraines for some time until she made the connection.

Let us emphasize here that with over three hundred causes of headache attacks, foods that can trigger migraine headaches may not be one of them. But if a migraine sufferer knows about one food there could be others also.

Foods that trigger migraine headaches.

We're going to add foods that trigger migraines and also foods to eat. In the dairy product line:

  • Limit yogurt to 1/2 cup a day( no low fat yogurt, it contains aspartame), and has been associated with headaches.
  • Avoid sour cream, aged or processed cheese and foods such as pizza which contains cheese. Here're some of the most popular ones. Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, Brick, Brie, Blue, Gouda, Camembert, Gruyere, Emmental, and Provolone.

Meats that can trigger migraines.

Meats bought from the supermarket have MSG, called monosodium glutamate. We know a man that just can't eat hot-dogs, (weenies) they give him migraines. The meats to avoid are:

  • Bologna 
  • Sausage 
  • Pepperoni 
  • Frankfurters "weenies"  
  • Chicken livers 
  • Pork 
  • All aged,  canned, cured, or processed meats.  
  • Any meats containing nitrates 
  • Meats prepared with tenderizers 
  • Pickled herring 
  • Marinated meats.

Another food that triggers migraine headaches are breads.

Avoid these breads. They are:

  • Homemade yeast breads 
  • Fresh coffee cake 
  • Doughnuts 
  • Sourdough bread, and any bread that contains peanuts,  and chocolate.

Fruits that trigger migraines to avoid, and fruits to eat.

Not all fruits will trigger migraines. 

  • Limit bananas to 1/2 a day 
  • Oranges, lemon, lime, pineapple, and grapes are OK 
  • Grapefruits to 1/2  cup a day

Avoid fruits such as

  • Raisins, papaya, red plums, canned figs, avocado, and passion fruit.

Some vegetables are other foods that trigger migraine headaches.

Vegetables to avoid are:

  • Italian broad beans, and Lima beans 
  • Onions 
  • Sauerkraut 
  • Pea pods.

Also avoid desserts with chocolate or fresh yeast raised desserts.

Miscellaneous foods that have these substances in them.

Peanuts, peanut butter, chocolate,  soy sauce, frozen dinners, canned soups, flavored salts, soup cubs, brewer's yeast, aspartame, meat tenderizers, and any foods that contain (MSG) monosodium glutamate.

Avoid these food products if they have the following in them. They're aspartame, tyramine, monosodium glutamate, alcohol, and phenylethylamine.

Beverages that can cause/trigger migraine headaches.

  • limit coffee, tea, or caffeine sodas to two cups a day. Consuming to much caffeine can also trigger migraines.
  • Avoid hot chocolate, chocolate milk, buttermilk, alcoholic beverages, wine, ale, beer, and diet soda containing aspartame.

The National Headache Foundation, and the Society of General Internal Medicine will have more information on foods that trigger migraine headaches. They wrote the list of what can give headaches when it comes to foods. We may have missed a food that makes your head hurt. We hear from sufferers that have unusual foods they can't eat. The simplest way to avoid foods that trigger migraines is to buy a book on recipes for migraine sufferers. Easy meals to fix that doesn't have any food that could put you in pain. Also by printing off a diary is a great way to find out if the headache pain is coming from a food or beverage, or a combination of other factors.

Other migraine triggers besides food are:

  • Stress 
  • Certain scents and chemicals 
  • Weather changes 
  • Alcohol abuse 
  • Changes in sleep pattern to name a few.

Testimonals of friends that have food triggers

We have a friend that has already identified at least two triggers that she knows about. One is missing a meal but the one substance that gives her migraine headaches is Splenda. It's an artificial sweeter, found in diet drinks, plus you can buy it to cook with. She used it in cakes she baked and so forth, and she noticed when she ate it, her head started to hurt.

Another friend just told me she couldn't eat chocolate. She said when she eats a bag of chocolate M&MS, before she finishes her head will start hurting.

A friend knew a woman that decided to go on a diet. So naturally everyone that consumes  drinks will substitute diet drinks for regular drinks because they have no sugar in them. But not to long into the diet she experienced headaches. When she stopped the diet drinks, the headaches quit. Coincidence!!!

From our friend that had migraine attacks from cheese to the artificial sweeter, chocolate, and aspartame, another artificial sweeter it's pretty obvious what food can do. 

Thanks for reading.

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