7 Foods That Trigger Migraines and Headaches Which You Should Avoid

5 Gluten

Gluten is mostly found in foods like wheat, barley, triticale, and rye. It is a form of protein that some people may not be able to ingest. As such they are gluten-intolerant which makes it trigger migraines in them if they consume any of these as well as other gluten products.

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6 Caffeine

Excessive caffeine can easily trigger a headache so think twice before drinking coffee throughout the day. It’s best to limit your caffeine intake to 200-300 milligrams (2-3 cups of coffee) per day. Besides coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, and carbonated drinks like Coca-Cola even contain a high amount of caffeine.

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7 Food additives

Additives basically have no nutritional value and are only meant to either preserve food for long or enhance its flavor. In fact, it can have more negative effects on a person’s health like a severe migraine headache. Here are some additives you should avoid ingesting:

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  • Red and yellow food coloring: mainly present in ice cream, sodas, potato chips, crackers, candy, cereal bars, jam, and more.
  • Aspartame (APM) and sucralose (E955): artificial sweeteners usually found in sports drinks, sugar-free products, soft drinks, and children’s vitamins.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG – E621): a preservative added in processed foods, soy sauce, and canned vegetables.
  • Nitrates and nitrites: found in sausages, ham, bacon, pepperoni, hot dogs.
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