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A member of my family gets migraines when he consumes certain foods. I'm trying to nail down which component of these foods is the trigger. What do pie crusts and deep fried battered foods (eg onion rings, fish and chips) have in common?

It's really puzzling me since there are so many similar foods that don't cause migraines for him, such as other fried foods (whether in oil or in butter) and other baked goods. And to make matters even more confusing, not all pie crusts and battered fried foods trigger him. I've looked through some lists of common dietary migraine triggers and none of them seem to fit. Gluten seems to be fine for him.

I made an all-butter pie crust tonight (just flour, butter, salt, and water) to see if it went over better than store bought crust, but alas, it triggered a migraine. I'm going to try making an all shortening one next.

What could be a common denominator in these foods? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated!

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    Welcome to the site @NewR. What makes you think it's the pie crust rather than what's in the pie? – GdD Jan 22 at 10:30
  • Egg? ........... – SF. Jan 22 at 10:58
  • Sorry my comment is not directly related, but you could probably keep a diary of the food intake with detailed ingredients, and log the migraine attacks as well. Like a tracker, iykwim. It might help in tracking down the common triggers. – Ess Kay Jan 22 at 11:03
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    I'm going to vote to close this question. There are a finite number of ingredients that are common to fried food and pie crust (flour and fat...maybe salt). However, whether or not they are related to migraines is impossible for us (or you) to know. Your family member should visit his or her doctor. – moscafj Jan 23 at 1:18
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    Logically, if he only ate the pie crust (just flour, butter, salt, and water) and nothing else, and got a migraine, it must be one of those four or some combination, right? Also you need to confirm any additional ingredients in them. – user3169 Jan 23 at 5:52

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