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: Daily-tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Testicular cancer survivor: 'My testicle doubled in size' Natural Health Why are biologics so expensive? Diet and nutrition It can take months to break bad eating habits Medical Childhood chemo may have lasting effects on memory Medical Back pain patients with depression get more opioids Mental health 'Rogue' genes may be the cause of some ALS cases From our sponsors WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Complete our allergy survey and stand a chance to win R 1000! Live healthier Wasting water? » South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks SEE: How much water do you use per day? With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up. Life saving tip! » SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.