Tip of the Day
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but what if Cupid delivers a pounding headache with that box of chocolates?
Many people who suffer from migraines point the finger at chocolate. The truth is that the causes of migraines are complicated and not well-understood. Certain food components have been suspected but not proven to be the cause in some people. Tyramine (found in cheese and chocolate), histamine (in red wine), caffeine and alcohol may be food-related triggers but susceptible individuals may be affected by other factors, not just food.
To determine if a certain food or drink triggers a migraine, keep a journal for several weeks of what you eat and drink, consult your doctor and visit a registered dietitian who can recommend substitutes for suspected triggers while ensuring you get adequate nutrition.
For more information on migraines and food triggers, consult a registered dietitian in your area and learn more about Food Allergies and Intolerances.
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Reviewed December 2012