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Foods To Es-chew

Foods that can trigger a whopping headache. Migraine sufferers: tape this list to your refrigerator—it could save you hours of pain over a bite to eat.

More than a quarter of migraine sufferers report that food triggers some oftheir headaches. If you think something in your diet is leading to cranial discomfort, try eliminating one or more of the most-cited culinary culprits:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese
  • Citrus fruits, pineapple
  • Nitrates in hot dogs, bacon, etc.
  • Aspartame (such as NutraSweet)

Source: Headache Help, by Lawrence Robbins, M.D., and Susan Lang (Houghton Mifflin)