Q: “I get migraines fairly regularly, but I can’t figure out what triggers them. Can some foods cause migraines?”
Jane, via email
A: Accredited Practising Dietitian Kate Di Prima writes:
“More and more research is investigating the connection between diet, digestion and migraines. Studies have shown certain food chemicals, like amines (a family of naturally-occurring food chemicals) may trigger migraines in some sufferers. Amines are found in foods like chocolate, cheese, red wine, beer, yeast extracts (such as Vegemite), canned fish, Asian sauces and gravy, some vegetables (such as broad beans and tomatoes) and some fruits (like avocados and bananas).
Other ways to reduce the risk of developing migraines include drinking plenty of water, eating regularly and including fresh, non-processed foods in your diet.”