Migraines? Dump the Food Additives

Those of us involved in the effort to educate the public about the link between popular food chemicals of concern and adverse health outcomes have been warning consumers for many years about commonly used food preservatives, flavor enhancers, and other synthetic and industrialized chemical triggers of migraine headaches.  Now with this latest study, finally, the mainstream news media is reporting on findings linking commonly-used food preservatives and other common food additives and migraine headaches…


How your mouth is linked to your migraines


 A 2014 study published in the Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice found that people with migraines are more vulnerable to migraine-like hangover symptoms after consuming alcohol than those who don’t have migraines. Sulfite, a preservative sometimes added to wine, might explain this link to migraines.


Journal reference: Gonzalez A, et al., 2016. Migraines are correlated with higher levels of nitrate-, nitrite-, and nitric oxide-reducing oral microbes in the American Gut Project Cohort, American Society for Microbiology. mSystems 1(5):e00105-16. doi:10.1128/mSystems.00105-16.

Migraines Are Correlated with Higher Levels of Nitrate-, Nitrite-, and Nitric Oxide-Reducing Oral Microbes in the …


CRS Institute/CFL post from 2011:

Food additives: Avoid nitrates/nitrites and monosodium glutamate (MSG) additives.

Nitrites/nitrates are commonly added to processed meats such as hot dogs, bologna, sausages, pepperoni and many more.

MSG* (both added and naturally occurring) is frequently contained in a wide variety of processed foods including soups, sauces, canned/boxed prepared meals, some milk products and cheeses, nondairy creamers and salad dressings, snack foods, soy sauce, and many, many more food items.

*Note: Reading the labels will only reveal the presence of MSG in an obvious way some of the time because MSG appears on U.S. food labels under a variety of different names.  To learn all the names glutamate appears on labels see:



A brochure of the Hidden Sources of MSG:




Hidden Sources Of MSG In Foods
From the book ‘Excitotoxins – The Taste That Kills’
By Russell Blaylock, MD

Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG

Monosodium Glutamate
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract
Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate
Yeast Extract
Textured Protein (Including TVP)
Autolyzed Yeast
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Corn Oil

Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG

Malt Extract
Malt Flavoring
Natural Flavors/Flavoring
Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring

Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins

Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate
Also: Protease Enzymes of various sources can release excitotoxin amino
acids from food proteins.


Also see:

Names of ingredients known to contain or create MSG during manufacture