Migraines: It’s not just the Food for me

Apr 9th, 2010 | By Beth | Category: Whats on My Mind

Food & Migraines

Foods containing nitrites and nitrates, such as cured meats like salami, bacon, and hot dogs, are well-known and common migraine triggers. Most preserved meats contain nitrates, which are converted into carcinogens, which is a cancer-causing agent, in the body.

Foods containing monosodium glutamate, or MSG, are also common triggers. MSG is made from starch, corn sugar, or molasses and produced using a natural fermentation processes like that used for vinegar or beer. It is widely used as a flavor enhancer in the food industry because of its cheap price and it gets into almost every processed food.

Interestingly a study involving over 60 migraine patients in London England found that one of the most common culprits for causing attacks included wheat, which was not only found in the bread of the patients’ diets, but also as a thickener in soups and stews and other processed foods. By eliminating processed foods from their diet, many of the migraine patients saw a marked reduction in the number and the frequency of their migraine headaches.

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