Foods To Stay Away From If You’re Migraine Prone

Everyone experiences migraines differently, but the result is usually the same- a thumping headache that stops you from going about your day, and sometimes several days.

Did you know that some of the foods you eat or drinks you consume could be causing your splitting migraine?

These are the foods and drinks you need to stay away from if you don’t want a throbbing headache that throws you off your game.

Chili Peppers

Apparently, chili peppers have an active ingredient that makes a headache even more painful. This is the reason why scientists give human test subjects for this ingredient when they’re studying migraines.


Most alcohol contains tyramine, the devil behind your painful migraine. So, if you normally indulge in a glass of wine with your meals, you may want to consider giving up the habit to spare yourself from the pain.

Processed Lunch Meat

People think they're looking after themselves when they make themselves a sandwich with processed lunch meat, but this isn’t true. Processed meat normally has tyramine and other preservatives that can spark a migraine. If you suffer from migraines, you need to try and avoid processed meat altogether. On the plus side, although it’s more time consuming, fresh meat tastes better.


The perfect snack is not so perfect. Bananas are high in potassium, but they also contain tyramine and histamine which induce migraines. If you want to indulge yourself with a banana now and then do so, but make sure you peel off all the stringy bits because they contain the migraine culprit: tyramine.

Too Much Caffeine

A lot of people drink coffee and enjoy drinking caffeinated drinks, if you do too, then do so moderately. You’ll end up with a splitting headache when you come down off the caffeine high.

Aged Cheese

Yes, cheese. It feels like everything that we enjoy is horribly bad for us. But, it’s not all cheese. Aged or moldy cheese have high levels of tyramine in its protein. So, the older the cheese, the more tyramine it has, so the more likely you are to end up with a killer headache.


We know, you’ve had enough of this list and all its negativity. You don’t have to give up pizza for good but limit your urges instead. The yeast in the dough contains coumarin, another chemical that gives you that day ruining migraine.

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce is salty. Salty foods trigger dehydration which in turn sets off a migraine. A common additive to soy-based sauces, protein powders, and even low-fat milk products is Monosodium (MSG). It can cause a migraine not long after being consumed.

Whole Milk

Milk contains two active ingredients, choline and casein, which can cause a nasty headache. You might want to be careful with yogurt and sour cream, too. They contain the culprits as well.


We all know the saying “beans, beans, good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you fart!” But, apparently, they do more than just give you gas. Beans have tannin, which yes, again, can cause a migraine.

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