9 Migraine-Inducing Foods


Caffeine withdrawal and overuse can trigger migraines.


Alcohol is a common migraine trigger. Alcohol was a trigger for almost 35% of migraine sufferers in one studyTrusted Source.


Caffeine and beta-phenylethylamine in chocolate may cause headaches.

Cured meats 

Nitrates retain color and flavor in deli meats, ham, hot dogs, and sausages. Nitric oxide from these foods may widen brain blood arteries.

Aged cheeses 

Aged cheeses contain tyramine. Protein breakdown during food aging creates it.

Pickled and fermented foods 

Pickled and fermented foods have high tyramine levels like old cheeses.

Frozen foods 

Ice cream and slushies can cause sharp head pains.

Salty foods 

Some people get migraines from salty foods, especially those with preservatives.

Foods containing MSG 

MSG is added to many foods. Though safe to ingest, several studies relate it to migraines.

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