A Notmilk reader asked, "I slipped and ate mango
ice cream and it was delicious, but now I have a migraine. Could there
be a connection?"
Well...it's not the mango, unless she has also been
requesting three shots of tequila in each mango marguerita!
industry is not interested in financing research demonstrating a
relationship between food consumption and migraine headaches.
pharmaceutical industry has zero motivation in finding a food-related
cause of migraines. They are happy to sell drugs which might relieve
symptoms, but a simple cure such as eliminating the trigger would not do
their bottom line any good.
So, expensive studies with human
subjects are rare.
Panminerva Medica is a European journal which
publishes studies of internal medicine using human subjects.
2002, Panminerva Medica (Mar;44(1):27-31) published an article titled:
Food and headache attacks. A comparison of patients with migraine
and tension-type headache.
From the study abstract:
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"Three hundred and nine patients were involved in the
"RESULTS: Approximately one third of the patients reported
susceptibility to certain foods...The foods more commonly reported
as headache triggers were alcoholic drinks, chocolate and cheese.
"CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests that foods may trigger not only
migraine but also tension type headache attacks."
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In 1989, The Journal of Pediatrics recognized that dairy
products cause head throbbers:
"Dairy products may play a major role
in the development of... migraine headaches."
Caution: The three most common triggers for
migraines are alcohol, cheese, and chocolate. At Notmilk, milk
chocolate is considered to be brown cheese with sugar. Four pounds of
milk are required to produce one pound of milk chocolate. Ten pounds of
milk are required to make one pound of hard cheese.
trigger and those migraines just might disappear.