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 Don’t go broke this Christmas 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 Medical Muhammad Ali set to recover from pneumonia Medical E-cigarettes less addictive than regular cigarettes Lifestyle Party like a pro Lifestyle Alcohol blackouts common in teens Lifestyle How to stay safe this holiday Lifestyle 13 food superstitions From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.