Foods containing phenolics/tannins
that may trigger migraines

List of herbs containing tannins | Wines, tannins and migraines
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Common beverages 
Apple cider 
Apple juices  
Beer (hops) 20,000-40,000 ppm 
Coffee bean 90,000 ppm 
Grape juices 
Guarana 85,000-120,000 ppm 
Mate 40,000-160,000 ppm 
Red wines  
White wines aged in oak

Rose hip tea 
Tea 33,000-270,000 ppm 

Beans 
Black beans 
Red beans 
(White beans have few if any tannins)

Spices 
Allspice
Cinnamon 
Clove 

Coriander
Cumin 
Oregano
Tarragon 
Thyme 

Turmeric
Vanilla
Probably many more spices have tannins


Products with phenolic additives

Food dyes  (including annatto - often used in 
yellow cheeses,
margarines)

Vitamin pills; prescription and non-prescription
drugs with food dyes, acacia, herbs,
phenolic fillers and binders

Most herbal products contain tannins

Phenolic fumes such as perfumes, paint
fumes, "fragrances" as in ingredient in
soaps, shampoos, skin creams, hand
creams, etc.; petroleum-based
cleaning products, etc.

Fruits 
Apricot 600-1000 ppm 
Unripe bananas 
Berries
(see below) 
Cherries (red)
Currants, red and black  
Dates 200-18,000 ppm 
Eggplant 2000 ppm 
Grape 

Kiwi 9,000 ppm
Nectarine

Peach 8,000 ppm 
Persimmon, Hayachi

   Fuyu persimmons do not have tannins
Pomegranate (juice) 17,000 ppm 

Berries 
Blackberry  
Blueberry  
Cranberry 
Gooseberry 
Raspberry 6,200 ppm  
Strawberry 

Nuts 
Black walnut 147,000 ppm 
Cashew 
English walnut 122,300 ppm 
Pecan 
Pistachio
6 
(Peanuts without skins have few if any tannins) 

Misc. 
Alfalfa
(herbal supplement base) 27,000 ppm 
Balsamic vinegars
Barley
Breads with barley flour (check ingredients!)
Chocolate
(Cacao bean) 75,400 ppm 
Carob 12,000 ppm (& carob bean gum) 
Chicory 
Many herbs & herbal teas
(see list)
Smoked foods  (Oak, mesquite, etc.)

Cigarette smoke (incl. 2nd-hand)

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Updated Tuesday, January 08, 2002