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 Scoliosis: The test parents can do at home Parenting 5 pregnancy myths busted Diet and nutrition Are you drinking your sugar intake? Medical Microchip to check on patients' compliance with TB meds Lifestyle 7 things you do in the morning that make you feel tired all day Fitness 5 reasons sweat is your best friend on the bike From our sponsors R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher up for grabs! Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know 8 strategies for treating both your bladder problems and your depression Symptoms differ from person to person, identifying what triggers your IBS Live healthier Cracked rib? » Here's why coughing can be good for you SEE: How long should a cough last? 7 ways coughing can injure your body The average cough lasts between two and three weeks and usually causes no serious physical damage – but beware when a cough turns violent! Heart health » Can you reverse your heart's age? Air purifiers may protect your heart against pollution You're not too young to have a heart attack How much do you really know about the things that can go wrong with your heart throughout the course of your life?