What Foods Trigger Migraines? Check This List

Lots of different foods trigger Migraines in some people, or cause them to become more intense. Here is a comprehensive Migraine Foods List to help you decide whether something you ate may be playing a role in your Migraines.

Fermented Foods

  • Cultured dairy products such as sour cream, cottage cheese or yogurt
  • Fermented, Pickled, and Marinated foods including
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Pickled fish
  • Sauerkraut

Canned Goods

  • Canned Herring or Sardines
  • Canned soup or boullon cubes


  • Artificial sweeteners including aspartame and saccharin
  • MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Soy Sauce

Fruit & Vegetables

  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Citrus fruits: oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes
  • Figs, especially canned figs
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Plums, especially red plums
  • Pods of broad beans (Lima Beans, Navy Beans, Peas, Lentils, Snow Peas)
  • Raisins

Meat, Cheese, & Dairy

  • Cheese, especially aged cheese
  • Beef and Chicken livers
  • Pork, bacon, and ham
  • Processed deli meats


  • Alcoholic beverages, especially Red Wine and High-malt beer
  • Caffeine drinks including coffee, tea, and colas


  • Breads, raised coffeecakes, doughnuts
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Chocolate, cocoa, and carob
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pizza

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