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What Foods Trigger Migraines? Check This List

What Foods Trigger Migraines? Check This List

Lots of different foods trigger Migraines in some people, or cause them to become more intense. Here is a comprehensive Migraine Foods List to help you decide whether something you ate may be playing a role in your Migraines.

Fermented Foods

  • Cultured dairy products such as sour cream, cottage cheese or yogurt
  • Fermented, Pickled, and Marinated foods including
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Pickled fish
  • Sauerkraut

Canned Goods

  • Canned Herring or Sardines
  • Canned soup or boullon cubes


  • Artificial sweeteners including aspartame and saccharin
  • MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Soy Sauce

Fruit & Vegetables

  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Citrus fruits: oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes
  • Figs, especially canned figs
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Plums, especially red plums
  • Pods of broad beans (Lima Beans, Navy Beans, Peas, Lentils, Snow Peas)
  • Raisins

Meat, Cheese, & Dairy

  • Cheese, especially aged cheese
  • Beef and Chicken livers
  • Pork, bacon, and ham
  • Processed deli meats


  • Alcoholic beverages, especially Red Wine and High-malt beer
  • Caffeine drinks including coffee, tea, and colas


  • Breads, raised coffeecakes, doughnuts
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Chocolate, cocoa, and carob
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pizza

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