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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi MaggieG,

    Thank you for your question and being part of the Migraine.com discussion forum – we’re glad you’re here!

    Special K hasn’t trigger a migraine attack for me, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. I did look up the ingredients and the only thing that stuck our for me was barley malt extract, which may be a hidden source of MSG, and MSG can be a strong migraine trigger. Take a look at this article for more information; https://migraine.com/blog/locate-hidden-msg-migraine-triggers/.

    The best way to identify our triggers is to keep a detailed migraine diary for three months. It’s pretty easy to do with all the various apps out there. Let me share trigger identification and management information with you; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-management-essential-trigger-management/.

    I hope that helps – let me know.
    Nancy

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  • By PlaydohYeti

    That would be my guess too, except it’s not unique to Kellogg’s cereal, it’s in almost all of it. You’re safe with Shredded Wheat and porridge if barley malt flavouring is a trigger for you.

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  • By Flight54

    It is very possible that your cereal is causing migraines. I have had two doctors tell me this. Most cold cereals are fortified. The chemicals that are sprayed on the cereal to fortify it are proven to cause migraines. General Mills is among the worst. Since learning this, my personal experience has confirmed it time and again.

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  • By dianepracy

    Hi maggie im sitting here trying to get rid of a migraine after eating special k last night.its happened before will have to cut it out of my diet.

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  • By GardensatNight

    Yeah, I had to cut all cereals and commercially made breads/crackers/pasta out of my diet because we just couldn’t find any that didn’t contain potential sources of MSG and I was having constant irritated headaches. We now make bread at home (then wait a day to avoid the yeast trigger) and make pasta at home as well, so we know exactly what goes into it.

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  • By Jo1950

    I have been eating Cheerios and within 12 hours I have a migraine. Looking at the label I see this “Caramel color with annatto extract”. I haven’t found annatto extract on any of the migraine lists. It also doesn’t say that it’s “fortified” either. But it’s made by General Mills, so thinking I will ditch this cereal and all other cereals too 🙁 Thanks for your information !!!

    Debbie

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  • By Nads19

    Hi, I had a shocking migraine, (one of the worst in my life) after eating special k. Within ten minutes I had vision problems, very blurred with vertical lines. This continued for twenty minutes. It really frightened me, I hadn’t eaten special k for years. I’m fine with weetabix. I was interested to read message about fortified cereals. Very worrying..

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  • By GardensatNight

    If you’re triggered strongly by MSG, it can be tricky to to find commercially-prepared foods that are safe. It hides under so many other names. I have one type of potato chips and one type of tortilla chips that work for me and literally have ingredients of (CORN, SALT, CANOLA OIL).

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    • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

      Hi GardensatNight,

      I hear you on the potato chip from. I learned my lessen eating WAY too many Pringles and instantly regretted it. I had a nasty migraine attack afterwards.

      🙁

      Nancy

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