Who knew that high fructose corn syrup triggers migraines? This one was just brought to my attention by a fellow sufferer's caring husband.
As migraineurs, we must be more aware, hyper-vigilant even after learning what triggers our debilitating attacks.
Little did I know that it was hidden in so many things and that it can be quite so damaging to our overall good health.
And our waistlines.
But as I trigger to sugar and sugars, I was suspect of corn syrup as well. I attributed it to allergy. Here is what I have uncovered so far. Keep reading right until the end to get your detailed list of foods high fructose corn syrup is in.
First – what is it exactly? High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is used as a food preservative and processed sweetener made from cornstarch. Unlike other sugar additives, it prolongs the expiration date of most foods for a significantly lower price than other options, whilst maintaining a great taste.
Unfortunately, the sweeter, some would say, the tastier food is, and the more likely you are to overeat it. When I studied nutrition and later Chinese medicine, both fields believe you can eat more when things are sweet, just to please the taste buds.
This could also be one reason why the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" links foods containing high fructose corn syrup to our ever increasing problem with obesity.
As migraine sufferers, we must be more aware and hyper vigilant towards foods that contain high fructose corn syrup, as they can trigger migraines and be damaging to our overall good health and well being.
So it's true - high fructose corn syrup triggers migraine attacks.
Cane Sugar is more commonly used here in Australia over High Fructose
Corn Syrup (HFCS). From what I read they are the same thing. Cane sugar
is just more readily available here.
They both contain fructose and glucose. Cane sugar is 50 per cent glucose and 50 per cent fructose. High fructose corn syrup is closer to 55 per cent fructose and 45 per cent glucose.
Your best defense is to learn to read food labels. Other names of fructose to watch for are: D-Fructose (Fru) or fruit sugar, corn syrup, maize syrup, D-fructofuranose, and D-Arabino-hexulose also called fruit sugar or levulose. These names all mean that the product contains fructose. Notice how they all end in “ose.”
An article in The Daily Mail.co.uk published 8 June, 2013 says “Sweet temptation: New research has found that high-fructose corn syrup has similar effects on the brain as addictive drugs like cocaine.”
No wonder so many of us feel addicted to it!
Apart from some of the obvious ones, the top offenders are:
1. Soft drinks and soda’s
2. Sauces and salad dressing (Barbeque sauce, steak sauce, many salad dressings)
3. Commercially baked breads
4. Baked beans and pickles – prepared foods
5. Fruits and vegetables packed in liquid
6. Breakfast cereals and bars
7. Processed foods and snacks. Breaded meats and processed potato food snacks are culprits too, not just candy’s and sweets.
For a very detailed list of individual food items and foods to buy as replacements please click here for a high fructose corn syrup foods list.
If you need to sweeten your food, I suggest these as healthier alternatives to corn syrup. But even so, any one of these could be a trigger for you.
2. Rice Syrup
3. Coconut Palm Sugar
4. Raw Honey
6. Artichoke Syrup
7. Lucuma Powder (comes from the exotic Peruvian fruit)
8. 100% Maple Syrup
Source link: How to Spot Sugar on Food Labels at Hungry For Change and me!
The best way I know to cope with my own migraine headache triggers is to take action as soon as possible.
Number one, take my prescribed abortive medications (triptan and ibuprofen in my case).
Number two, lay down in a dark room with an ice pack and hot water bottle.
Number three, listen to some nice relaxing music or guided meditations on my MP3 Player to help me lower my anxiety levels and drift off.
I do these, try one:
I am also a strong advocate of being proactive and I use vitamin supplements from iherb.com to keep my body in optimum health and help avoid unforeseen triggers. Or hidden ones that are hard to detect like corn syrup!
Please click here on migraine triggers to divulge your own unique triggers. You just never know who you will help by sharing this information.
For example, now you know that high fructose corn syrup triggers migraine for someone else, will you start paying attention to it?
And when you eat it? And if you get a migraine?
Until next time, be well and be pain free.
High Fructose Corn Syrup Triggers Migraine