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10 Foods That Trigger Migraines

Nobody likes migraines. And if you’ve ever had one, then you probably know exactly what we’re talking about. Migraines aren’t just typical headaches. They’re terrible, throbbing, painful affairs that make your head feel like it might actually explode. Sometimes they’re even accompanied by blurry vision, spots in your vision, and nausea. There’s nothing good about them, and they totally suck.

However, there’s another challenging thing about migraines that can sometimes prove especially problematic.


It’s not always totally evident what causes them, since they can be triggered by such a wide range of different things—from legitimately dangerous medical conditions to fairly typical food allergies.

It's not always totally evident what causes them, since they can be triggered by such a wide range of different things—from legitimately dangerous medical conditions to fairly typical food allergies.


Sometimes, getting a definitive diagnosis is a big challenge.


One thing you also may not realize is that migraines can sometimes be triggered by certain types of food.


Therefore, if you do tend to get them on a regular basis, you may want to take a closer look at your diet.


Sometimes, performing a simple elimination diet where you eliminate things that could cause a problem can help you to identify where the root source triggers are coming from.


So in this post, you’re going to learn about 10 foods that sometimes trigger migraines.


Let’s jump into it.


1. Baked Goods

All of those baked goods are delicious.


From bagels, to muffins, to cookies, to bread—who doesn’t love them, right?


But here’s the thing.


Sometimes, especially if you have some kind of gluten sensitivity, they can trigger migraines.


(Note: Speaking of ‘baked’ goods, did you know that cannabis can be used to help with migraine pain? Just some ‘food for thought!’)


2. Chocolate

Obviously, you don’t want to think about the possibility that you may never be able to eat chocolate again.


But here’s the truth.


Sometimes, chocolate is the culprit where migraines are concerned.


Try ruling it out and going without for a while to see if it makes a difference.


3. Cultured Dairy Products

Cultured dairy products, like yogurt and/or kefir, can also trigger migraines.


So you’ll definitely want to watch out for them.


Keep in mind that this also sometimes includes a more expanded range of dairy products. For example: milk, cottage cheese, etc.

food for migraines

4. Citrus Fruits

Lemons, limes, oranges, etc. Yep, they’re all delicious. But sometimes they can also cause migraines.


To figure out if this may be the cause, consider taking a break from them.


5. Other Fruits

There are a lot of different fruits to eat and enjoy in this world.


But unfortunately, some people either have or develop allergies to some of them.


Here’s a list of some of the more common fruits to watch out for if you tend to have a migraine issue.

  • Bananas
  • Raspberries
  • Red plums
  • Papayas
  • Passion fruit
  • Figs
  • Dates
  • Avocados


If in doubt, try abstaining from some of these foods to see if your migraines go away.


6. Tomatoes

Everyone loves tomatoes.


They go great on salads. They’re delicious on burgers. And you even get them when you eat things like pizza.


However, sometimes they do trigger migraines.


For best results—if you usually eat a lot of tomatoes, try taking a month or two off to see if it makes any difference.


7. Select Vegetables

Some other vegetables that can sometimes cause migraine issues include:

  • Onions
  • Peapods
  • Beans
  • Corn


8. Sauerkraut

It’s awesome on hot dogs and brats.


It’s also a staple dish to eat alongside a traditional corned beef roast, with carrots and potatoes.


However, unfortunately, sauerkraut can sometimes also cause migraine issues.


9. Vinegar

Vinegar is usually really good for you.


In small amounts, it can help to control blood sugar levels.


But unfortunately, sometimes it can also trigger migraines.


10. Nuts

Nut allergies are no joke.


For example, some people are deathly allergic to peanuts.


Heck, we’ve even heard of people who have allergies to walnuts.


But sometimes, allergic reactions can also take the form of migraines.


So you may want to take a break from the nuts if the migraines have been getting especially bad lately.


You never know—ruling them out might help to give you a clue as to what could be causing them.



The big problem with migraines and other allergies is that narrowing down the source can be problematic.


An elimination diet is often the best way to determine if you have allergies to a specific type of food.


But with that being said, it’s always best to start by talking to your doctor—to see what they have to say about the issue.


Good luck out there. We hope you get it taken care of!


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TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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