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Migraine food triggers

Top migraine food triggers

From Halloween candy, to Thanksgiving celebrations and now the Holiday season, one thing is a constant as the days grow shorter: Lots of food. And many of those foods can be migraine triggers for us. If you haven’t determined what your migraine food triggers are, here are some likely suspects, based on what the community had to say.




  • VdeV
    4 years ago

    This is a great compilation, though, some of these foods are cross connected via their chemical make-up as sugar, or sugar producing once ingested, which is, for me, a trigger! So ice cream, being sugary, is a trigger, pizza, being gluten rich which changes into sugar, is a trigger, just for two examples. I realized that about 6 months ago. My trainer at the gym suggested I try a KETOGENIC food regimen, even removing fruit. I will add in a bit of fruit eventually, but for now I find it is helping. That diet was invented decades ago for epileptics. I also take an anti epileptic, topirimate, daily since last year. It helps a great deal in managing my chronic migraines. I still get them, but the intensity has decreased, the frequency has also. Triggers are still an issue, but I am getting healthier overall.

  • k_nelson
    4 years ago

    Definitely onions and cheddar cheese are HUGE triggers for me.

  • VdeV
    4 years ago

    I have been allergic to raw onions, especially red onions! as well as garlic. So they are triggers for me too. And added without being considered MOST OF THE TIME, by chefs, and cooks at dinners…ugh!

  • Camassia
    5 years ago

    The surveys above seems to support what a number of studies indicate as well: only a small percentage of migraineurs can identify food as trigger for an attack. Personally, I don’t have any. Nada. Not even the stuff that I consider toxic and avoid anyway, such as MSG, aspartame, alcohol. Yet many of the advice given regarding migraine management focus on “eliminating food triggers”. Many of the foods listed above as potential triggers, are very healthy foods. Some are identified as triggers only by a few percentage of people based on anecdotes and not scientific observation. I think short of objective evidence it is counterproductive to suggest that nutritious and healthy foods are “potential triggers” – this could lead to “nocebo” effect due to fear and avoidant behaviours that could be more damaging to the CNS.

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