Foods Migraine Sufferers Should Avoid

Migraine Triggers

If you suffer from frequent migraines, the culprit for your discomfort may be chilling in your refrigerator as we speak. There are dozens of causes of migraines and no two headaches are the exact same, although medical research has found that there are a few foods migraine sufferers may try avoiding with hopes of alleviating their symptoms. Check out today’s blog for a few of the top food-related causes for migraine headaches from your friends at Passanante’s Home Food Services. We strive to provide the highest quality foods to our customers and would love the opportunity to plan your next delivery around your personal and health related goals. Give us a call at 1-800-772-7786 to schedule an appointment today.


Foods that contain tyramine, a substance which forms as food ages, are some of the most common causes for migraine headaches. Aged cheeses including bleu cheese, brie, cheddar, feta, gorgonzola, mozzarella, muenster, parmesan, stilton and swiss have high levels of tyramine. In addition to processed cheeses, tyramine is also found in meats that have been aged, cured, canned or processed including hard sausages, canned soups, onions, olives, pickles, raisins, avocados, nuts, and certain beans.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG is a popular flavor enhancer that has been linked to a variety of health risks including headaches, migraines, muscle spasms, nausea, rashes, anaphylaxis, seizures, depression and even heart irregularities. Commonly found in soup broths, Asian cuisine, packaged sausage like Jimmy Dean maple flavor sausage, Doritos, Cheetos and other cheese flavored chips, certain brands of lunch meats and other processed foods, MSG is worth avoiding.


Aspartame is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener used as a sugar substitute in some foods and drinks that has been linked to migraines. Sold under the brands Equal and NutraSweet, aspartame is a very common additive as it is 200 times sweeter than sugar. Look out for aspartame in diet sodas, yogurt, gum, drink sweeteners, cooking sauces, flavored water, drink powders, cereal and products which advertised being sugar-free.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup, MSG and Aspartame

At Passanante’s Home Food Service we’re busy looking after our families and yours alike. You have probably heard controversial buzz about high-fructose corn syrup, MSG and aspartame, and maybe all of the press left you with more questions than answers. Even though none of our products contain these ingredients, here’s a little information on each.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is the most common sweetener added into processed foods and beverages. While it is chemically similar to real sugar, many have concerns about how the sweetener is processed prior to being added to a variety of foods. Like any type of sugar, ingesting high-fructose corn syrup can lead to weigh gain, cavities, poor nutrition and increased risk of heart attack, but there is no research that shows HFCS is any less healthy than real pure sugar.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an ingredient commonly found added to Chinese food, canned vegetables and processed meats. Over the past decade or more this flavor enhancer has been the subject of much controversy; however it has been classified by the FDA as safe for consumption. Despite reports of headaches, numbness, chest pain and nausea among other symptoms, no research has conclusively found MSG is in anyway tied to these adverse reactions.

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener commonly found in sodas and chewing gum that has been around for more than 30 years. Nearly 200 times sweeter than sugar it is often substituted for real sugar to reduce calories as much less Aspartame is needed to get the same sweetness as larger quantities of sugar. Some fear Aspartame increases the risks of lymphomas, leukemias, or brain tumors, although no studies have confirmed this. Aspartame is been approved for consumption by the FDA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations World Health Organization.

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