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Frequently Asked Questions About Food Triggers, Migraines, and Headaches

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What Food Products Contain Additives?

  • Hot dogs
  • Ham
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Luncheon meats and deli-style meats
  • Pepperoni
  • Other cured or processed meats
  • Some heart medications
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate). MSG is a food additive/flavor enhancer found in soy sauce, meat tenderizer, Asian foods, and a variety of packaged foods.

What Are the Symptoms of a Reaction to Food Additives?

Most headache symptoms begin within 20-25 minutes after consuming food additives. Other symptoms of a reaction to additives may include:

  • Pressure in the chest
  • Tightening and pressure in the face
  • Burning sensation in the chest, neck, or shoulders
  • Facial flushing
  • Dizziness
  • Headache pain across the front or sides of the head
  • Abdominal discomfort
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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on August 01, 2014
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