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Living with Migraine

Corn tortillas and guar gum

  • By AmyG

    I am a reasonable person, but when I made this discovery, I wanted to find a roof top and shout a very big long string of expletives at the top of my lungs! I am discovering that a majority of my migraines are food sensitivity related. Not unusual, and something I can work with. So as many of you can relate to I eliminated a lot of food, understatement.

    I eliminated bread and due to finding myself sensitive to the alternative ingredients in gluten-free food, I also eliminated a lot of gluten-free bread and gluten-free foods. Fine.

    I switched to corn tortillas. The only ingredients are corn and sea salt. Great. Migraine-free for weeks. Okay, days but still it’s good.

    Then I speak to my osteopath who I love, And he reminds me about non-GMO food And organic choices.
    So, I go to an expensive organic market, You all know where I’m going with this, And feeling victorious I buy three packages of organic corn tortillas without genetic modification!

    Two days later, 2 migraines later exhausted by the migraine medication, I have my Aha moment. I check these PERFECT little tortillas and sure enough, GUAR GUM.


    Do you ever feel like you just can’t win the migraine game!?

    So, I tossed these pearly pieces of you know what in the garbage. I’m going back to my crappy corn tortillas with two ingredients, corn and salt.

    There’s a lesson in this and I hope someone benefits from it.

    I’m using humor to get through this, it is after all so absurd it’s funny. TELL THAT TO MY MIGRAINE.

  • By KimberlyAnn

    Excuse my ignorance, but isn’t guar gum a gluten-free binder option, similar to xantham gum? I have seen where it has caused upset stomach and other stomach issues in some people, but I have not heard of it causing more migraines. Like I said, please excuse my ignorance, I’m new to GF living (this month is only my 2nd month GF, though I’ve been dealing with migraines for most of my life).

  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    Yes, gums are used to improve the texture of gluten-free foods. Unfortunately, they also contain MSG, so they are a problem for many people with migraine.