Reader’s Mail: Why Some Foods Affect Migraine

Question:

Why do healthy foods like bananas or yogurt trigger migraine?

Anwer:

Bananas by themselves are usually not a trigger for migraine, although banana peels have significant amounts of tyramine and could trigger a migraine for migraine patients who are sensitive to tyramine (also found in aged cheese and some processed meats). Dairy products, including yogurt and goat’s milk, sometimes can trigger migraine but many migraine patients are able to tolerate dairy products. It is beneficial for migraine patients to look for dietary triggers for their migraine episodes, since the sensitivity to specific foods varies for each migraine patient.

George R. Nissan, D.O.
North Texas Institute for Neurology and Headache
Plano, Texas