Foods That Cause Migraines

Old cheeses like Gorgonzola, Camembert, and cheddar contain tyramine. It produced when aging breaks down dietary proteins.

Aged Cheeses

Ham, hot dogs, and sausages can cause migraines. Nitrates preserve color and flavor in all of them.

Finished Meats

Citric acid-rich foods like oranges and other citrus fruits can cause headaches.Despite controversy, a 2016 study found that citrus foods may cause migraine with aura but not migraine without aura.

Fruits Citrus

We naturally contain glutamic acid, which is found in many foods and food additives. MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid.

MSG-Containing Foods

A 2018 European Journal of Neurology study found 35.6% of migraineurs cited alcohol as a trigger.


Too much coffee has long been connected to migraines as a trigger and a treatment.


After alcohol, chocolate is the second most common migraine trigger, according to the American Migraine Foundation.Chocolate includes caffeine and beta-phenylethylamine, which can cause headaches.


Artificial sweeteners sweeten most processed meals and drinks.Artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, can cause migraines.

Sweeteners Made Artificially

Tyramine is high in pickled and fermented foods and aged cheeses.Examples of these foods are pickles, kimchi, kombucha, pickled okra, and jalapeños.

Fermented And Pickled Foods

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