What are common dietary triggers of migraine headaches?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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The significance of diet as a migraine trigger is controversial. [143] Nevertheless, individual patients often can identify these triggers. Common dietary triggers include the following:

  • Alcohol - Particularly wine and beer

  • Caffeine overuse or caffeine withdrawal

  • Chocolate

  • Aspartame - eg, NutraSweet and Equal

  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) - May be found in Asian food, canned soup, frozen or processed foods, and the seasoning product Accent

  • Fruits - Citrus fruits, bananas, avocados, and dried fruit

  • Nuts - Peanuts, soy nuts, and soy sauce


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