Posted on Dec 21, 2013 in Medical

Headaches and migraines are more common to women but men can have them too. If you are known to be a migraine sufferer or if you are one of the many who frequently suffers from searing headaches then it is best to be careful on the kinds of foods that you are eating. You should know that there are certain chemicals from foods that can trigger migraine attacks such as the following:

Monosodium glutamate

Do you like eating Chinese food but you can’t because you get sick after? If so, then there is a possibility that the food from the Chinese restaurant has a lot of monosodium glutamate or MSG. MSG is a flavor enhancer that was invented in Japan more than a century ago. It is supposed to enhance the fifth taste called umami. MSG makers have spent a fortune to convince people that their product is safe. However, it cannot be denied that there are people who suffer from searing migraine attacks moments after eating food which flavor is enhanced by MSG. Try to eat Chinese food that is not laced with MSG to determine if it is the trigger of your migraine. If the headache comes despite the absence of MSG then it may be caused by something else.


Gluten is a naturally-occurring substance that is found in most processed grains like barley and rye. It is normally not a problem unless you are allergic to it. There have been reports that gluten can also trigger searing migraine headaches to the point that the discomfort cause a lot of anxiety symptoms to the sufferer.


Caffeine is the most abused drug in the world. It is found in your common tea, coffee and cola. Caffeine is generally not a problem but there are people that are sensitive and can develop migraines after drinking coffee, tea or cola drinks. It is best to test your sensitivity to caffeine by trying some first. If it triggers a headache then you should avoid drinking regular coffee and try some decaf instead.

Food chemicals may be the one causing your headache. Doctors recommend having a food diary where you can note the foods that caused some headaches after you ate them. This would give you an idea which foods to avoid in order to avert migraine headaches. It is better to steer clear from these foods lest it is okay for you to suffer or to take pain relievers which may cause problems to the health aside from the pocket.