8 foods that can trigger migraines and may be best to avoid

Alcohol: Particularly red wine, beer, and certain spirits like whiskey, which contain tyramine and histamines, both known migraine triggers.

Caffeine: While some find caffeine helpful in relieving headaches, excessive or sudden caffeine consumption and withdrawal can trigger migraines.

Processed Meats: Deli meats, bacon, and sausages often contain nitrites, which can be migraine triggers for some people.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): A flavor enhancer commonly found in processed foods, fast food, and restaurant dishes.

Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame (found in diet sodas and sugar-free products) and saccharin have been associated with migraines in some people.

Salty Foods: Excessive salt intake can lead to dehydration, which is a migraine trigger for some individuals.

Aged Cheeses: Cheeses like cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan, and blue cheese contain high levels of tyramine.

Foods with Tyramine: Aside from aged cheeses, foods like soy products, pickled or fermented foods, and certain beans can contain tyramine.