Additives and Preservatives That Trigger Migraine Headaches

Additives Preservatives and Beverages That Trigger Migraine Headaches

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Many food additives, colors, and preservatives are migraine triggers. These include, but are not limited to, monosodium glutamate (in large amounts), sodium nitrite, and the food dye FD&C yellow #5.

Additives That Cause Migraine Triggers

Monosodium glutamate (MSG): MSG probably, most well known as an additive in Chinese food. Manufacturers also use MSG in seasonings, sauces, Parmesan cheese, and meat tenderizers.

Sodium nitrite: Sodium nitrite is a preservative found in many meat products. (such as sausage, hot dogs, deli meat, and canned and prepackaged meat.) It’s also found in smoked and dehydrated meat products.

FD&C yellow #5 (tartrazine): This color additive is used in many medicines, cosmetics,
soft drinks, candy, and ice cream. Don’t assume that a food is free of yellow # just because it isn’t yellow. Manufacturers also use this additive to create green, orange, and other colors. Checking food labels is the best way to determine if a product contains an additive that is a trigger for you.

Additives and Preservatives That Trigger Migraine Headaches
Additives and Preservatives That Trigger Migraine Headaches

Beverages That Trigger Migraine Headache

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It has a direct impact on brain function and can elicit a migraine in some people. Many alcoholic beverages also contain histamines and high levels of tyramine. ( including red wine, sherry, beer, and champagne.)

Many non-alcoholic beverages contain caffeine, which, unlike alcohol, stimulates the nervous system. Small amounts of caffeine can actually help ease migraine pain. But in large doses, caffeine becomes a dietary migraine trigger. Most people realize that coffee, tea, and soft drinks contain caffeine. But be aware of hidden caffeine sources such as energy drinks, vitamin waters, coffee-flavored foods (e.g., ice cream and yogurt), and orange soda. Caffeine withdrawal is also a potential trigger. So keeping your caffeine intake moderate but steady is important.

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