The National Headache Foundation's ("NHF") low tyramine diet helps migraine sufferers identify and avoid diets containing large amounts of the biogenic amine tyramine.\u00a0 This list is a good starting point to identify certain foods with high tyramine content. Our approach should be to avoid only those trigger foods that cause migraines, while consuming the ones that do not. Now, this is easier said than done.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe low-tyramine diet\r\nTyramine occurs as a result of the food's aging process. Migraine sufferers, in general, can have problems dealing with biogenic amines.\u00a0 The result is that, as migraine sufferers, we have to simply limit or avoid those foods that are high in tyramine. This is often not an easy task. Therefore, the work that the NHF has done is both beneficial and vital for those suffering from migraines. Since we as individuals have vastly different tolerance levels, many items on this list that say "allowed" might not be tolerated at all. Likewise, some food items listed under "use with caution" might be perfectly fine to consume. That is why the list only serves to begin the discovery process for your individual triggers.\r\nLow-tyramine diet highlights\r\nSome of the highlights are included below, with a link to the document.\r\n\r\n\r\nALLOWED\r\n\r\n \tMilk\r\n \tAmerican Cheese\r\n \tCoffee Cakes\r\n \tOnions Cooked in Foods\r\n \tWhite Vinegar\r\n\r\nUSE WITH CAUTION\r\n\r\n \tSausage\r\n \tCorned Beef\r\n \tBologna\r\n \tAny Meats with Nitrates or Nitrites\r\n \tSour Cream\r\n \tParmesan\r\n \tRaw Onion\r\n \tAvocados\r\n \tBanana\r\n \tPapaya\r\n \tAll Soups with Hydrolyzed Yeast, Meat Extracts, or MSG\r\n \tCoffee & Tea\r\n \tScotch\r\n \tAll Chocolate Based Products\r\n \tApple and Other Fermented Vinegars\r\n\r\nOdds and ends\r\nDairy can be difficult to consume for many suffering from migraines. Therefore, it may make sense to avoid most dairy at least initially. Items that have generally been sitting out at the store are likewise not recommended. Coffee and tea have a mixed track record. For some, caffeine can actually help with migraines. As a general rule, the longer the fruit takes to ripen, the likelier that it can act as a migraine trigger. Therefore, it is not surprising to find bananas and papaya on the list. But, I would also add watermelon and mangos to the list of fruits to avoid.\r\n\r\nTry a diet with lower tyramine in order to lessen migraines.\r\n\r\nReferences:\r\n1. www.headaches.org\/pdf\/Diet.pdf - "Low Tyramine Headache Diet*"