2. Aged cheese
A cheese platter may sound tempting every now and then. The older the cheese is, the more interesting its flavors are. Depending on the type of cheese and the aging process, each piece will have a distinct taste, texture, and body. This is exactly why aged cheese is valued by connoisseurs and food aficionados alike. Sadly, it may not be a good idea to eat one if you get frequent headaches.
Cheese is aged with different techniques and “ripening agents” such as bacteria, molds, and yeasts. The fermentation process breaks down the proteins found in cheese and creates tyramine. Tyramine is a known cause of hypertensive crisis, a type of high blood pressure that impairs one or more body organs. And one of its symptoms happens to be a headache.
While there is no clear link between tyramine and headaches, health experts recommend staying away from aged cheeses as a treatment for headache. Mozzarella, Feta, Swiss, Cheddar, Brie, Gorgonzola, Muenster, English Stilton, Parmesan, and Blue Cheese have the highest amounts of tyramine. That being said, it is best that you avoid all types of aged cheese.