Foods, drink and eating habits have long been blamed for triggering migraines in sufferers. Some studies show that about 20 percent of migraine sufferers count certain foods as triggers. Other studies report that anywhere from 7 percent to 44 percent of migraine sufferers point to certain foods as triggers. Sometimes it’s not necessarily the food itself that triggers the attack, it may be an additive in the food such as food colouring that launches the migraine attack.

15 Trigger Foods 

Though not everyone is affected in the same way, these 15 foods are likely culprits and have been identified as triggers by many sufferers.

  1. Alcohol

One out of three people say wine or other forms of alcohol will trigger their migraines. While others say that having a drink when a migraine appears can stop it in its tracks.

  1. MSG

A lot of people say that this food additive will bring on a headache every time.

  1. Caffeine


Though caffeine can be used to treat a headache, it can also cause one if you have less than you normally do. If you are a regular coffee drinker, try to have the same amount every day.

  1. Beans

Beans contain tannins, which is the same ingredient in wine that can trigger a migraine.

  1. Pickled foods

Foods preserved in vinegar including eggs, beetroots, peppers and cucumbers have been known to bring on a migraine.

  1. Hot peppers


Chilli peppers contain capsaicin, which is such a powerful migraine trigger that researchers use it to set a migraine off. Interestingly, it is also used as a remedy.

  1. Foods with Tyramine 

Olives, avocados, aged cheeses, bananas and red plums – they all contain tyramine.

  1. Dried fruits

Dried fruits all contain sulfites which can behave as a trigger.

  1. Citrus fruits

Histamines found in citrus fruits have been known to set off migraine.

  1. Bread made with yeast

Breads made with yeast contain coumarin responsible for migraine. The same is true of pizza crust and soft pretzels.

  1. Processed meats


Hot dogs, sausage and bacon contain sulfites and tyramine – both are migraine triggers.

  1. Foods with choline  

Sour cream and milk both contain choline.

  1. Chocolate

Chocolate contains caffeine, tannin and phylethylamine, all of which are migraine triggers.

  1. Artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners contain excitotoxins, which can cause neurons in your brain to spasm.

  1. Red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar


Both red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar contain tyramine, but white vinegar is fine.


Migraine Relief

If you do get a migraine, there are some home remedies that can bring relief. These include:

  • Eat foods that can fight some of the symptoms of migraines like rice and ginger for nausea.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches.

 © 2017 – VIDA Magazine – Daniel Petre