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What are some triggers of migraines found in food?

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  • These things are migraine triggers for some people: Foods that have tyramine in them, such as aged cheeses (like blue cheese or Parmesan), soy, smoked fish, and Chianti wine
  • Alcohol, especially red wine
  • Caffeine, which is in coffee, chocolate, tea, colas, and other sodas
  • Foods made with nitrates, such as pepperoni, hot dogs, and lunchmeats
  • Bread and other baked goods
  • Dried fruits
  • Potato chips
  • Pizza, peanuts, and chicken livers

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraines," "Migraine Headache Diary," "Migraines: Specific Foods," "Migraines: Exercise," "Migraines: Stress." 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Migraine Information Page.”

Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Migraine Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraines," "Migraine Headache Diary," "Migraines: Specific Foods," "Migraines: Exercise," "Migraines: Stress." 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Migraine Information Page.”

Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Migraine Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

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