Home > Daily-tips Updated 04 June 2013 What triggers your headaches? A bewildering array of triggers can set off a headache. 0 iStock A bewildering array of triggers can set off a headache. If a trigger is identified, and can be easily avoided, then one should do so. This is particularly true of dietary triggers, over which you have complete control. What's behind your headache?Take action:Some of the most common dietary triggers include: peanuts and peanut butter; caffeine in all products, not just coffee; dairy products; yeast; some beans; avocados; dried meats; sauerkraut; pickled herrings; canned soups and packet soup mixes; chicken livers; ripe banana; soya products, as well as the bean itself; sodium nitrate, which is used to preserve cured meats; the preservative benzoic acid and its associated compounds; MSG, a flavour enhancer; nuts; sourdough breads; cheeses which have been aged, e.g. Cheddar; red wines, beer, champagne, vermouth; chocolate; and anchovies.QUIZ: Are you eating correctly to control your headaches? More in Daily-tips Why you should be taking a calcium supplement in your twenties More: Daily-tips SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Does everybody hate Earth Hour? News "My husband won't have sex with after the birth of our first child" Lifestyle Google says you might die soon...from a sore throat Parenting 4 Danger signs in children you should not miss Parenting Three reasons why wool is good for your health Lifestyle Is there a hand-washing crisis in SA state hospitals? Live healthier Hypertension » Salt may be bad for more than blood pressure Regularly salting foods heightens death risk How potassium fights high blood pressure Are you eating too much salt? Did you know that high blood pressure affects as many as 25% of adult South Africans? Do you have a sweet tooth? » What’s SA’s most sugary drink? Craving sugar? Blame your brain WHO says we're eating too much sugar 10 foods with hidden sugar Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, you might still be eating far more sugar than you think.