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Headache the day after dark chocolate

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Created November 01, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Can someone please tell me why I have such a bad headache the day after I had 85% dark chocolate?

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on October 13, 2012
at 10:18 PM

Don't know why, but it happens to me too. So I stopped eating chocolate.

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

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on December 21, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Yes she is into nutrition as well

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:40 AM

Is your therapist also a nutritionist?

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:35 AM

Another interpretation: You didn't feel ready for the December LSAT so you ate the chocolate which served as the necessary catalyst for you to take the exam two months later, when you had done the requisite studying and were prepared to succeed without blaming anything you ate. Sorry is this seems tough, but trust me, I've been there.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on December 07, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Agreed - headaches can be a sign of allergy because histamine can cause vasodilation. However, if a headache is the sole sign and the substance in question contains known vasodilators, than sensitivity to one or more of those substances is a more likely explanation. Hence the "probably".

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Headaches alone probably doesn't indicate an allergy, it's usually with at least one other symptoms whenever you eat a food, which I'm guessing you have. But in the case of chocolate, it also depends on how you metabolize caffeine, which often causes headaches as well. Someone found a bunch of references to back that up http://www.caffeineandmigraine.com/references.html.

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Actually, headaches every time you consume something is a classic sign of allergic response.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Headaches from chocolate probably don't indicate an allergy. An allergy is a specific immune system reaction, and headaches related to chocolate are a totally different type of sensitivity. That doesn't change the fact that you should avoid it if you want to avoid headaches, though. (It is possible to have an allergic reaction to chocolate, but just headaches wouldn't indicate an allergy.)

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on December 06, 2011
at 08:29 AM

Everytime I eat chocolate I get migraines/headaches. Does this mean I am allergic?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on November 22, 2011
at 05:03 PM

It's very sad, and we've now figured out that my daughter is also allergic to chocolate...not an easy realization for a tween...

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on November 22, 2011
at 08:04 AM

I am the same way!

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on November 08, 2011
at 05:03 AM

Depending on how often you eat chocolate and get headaches this question is meaningless.

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:22 PM

what a tasty, tasty experiment

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on November 02, 2011
at 08:13 AM

Chocolate is a migraine trigger for many people. You might want to familiarize yourself with the symptoms of migraine and repeat the experiment a couple of times to see if this applies to you.

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on November 02, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Might be pure coincidence, right?

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6b530e369b6355dc65be969495d57afd

on December 20, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Sometimes you just get a headache don't over think it

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on November 08, 2011
at 04:56 AM

Same here with headaches the next day after Choc! I think it's the Tannins/Phenols. It diesn't take much chocolate for me. 1 Choc chip cookie will do it. I even tried some bakers choc unsweetned, as I am on the anit candida diet, guess what? Next day, Bamo! Headache. Red Wine same thing, Coffee too. It's like a minefield out there.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on November 02, 2011
at 03:54 PM

It took me many years of denial before I was finally able to accept the fact that I am allergic to chocolate...very sad, but vey true...I get headaches every time, and still want more...I gave it up altogether and it's been great for me on many levels.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 22, 2011
at 08:04 AM

I am the same way!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on November 22, 2011
at 05:03 PM

It's very sad, and we've now figured out that my daughter is also allergic to chocolate...not an easy realization for a tween...

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on December 06, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Actually, headaches every time you consume something is a classic sign of allergic response.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on December 06, 2011
at 08:29 AM

Everytime I eat chocolate I get migraines/headaches. Does this mean I am allergic?

Medium avatar

on December 06, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Headaches alone probably doesn't indicate an allergy, it's usually with at least one other symptoms whenever you eat a food, which I'm guessing you have. But in the case of chocolate, it also depends on how you metabolize caffeine, which often causes headaches as well. Someone found a bunch of references to back that up http://www.caffeineandmigraine.com/references.html.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 06, 2011
at 06:27 PM

Headaches from chocolate probably don't indicate an allergy. An allergy is a specific immune system reaction, and headaches related to chocolate are a totally different type of sensitivity. That doesn't change the fact that you should avoid it if you want to avoid headaches, though. (It is possible to have an allergic reaction to chocolate, but just headaches wouldn't indicate an allergy.)

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 07, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Agreed - headaches can be a sign of allergy because histamine can cause vasodilation. However, if a headache is the sole sign and the substance in question contains known vasodilators, than sensitivity to one or more of those substances is a more likely explanation. Hence the "probably".

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on May 27, 2013
at 01:08 PM

I have recently had my 18y.o. Daughter to a neuro specialist for headaches and she was told to avoid chocolate, oranges and orange juice, alcohol and cheese particularly strong cheeses. She struggles, she was our chocoholic and every now and then eats a little and every time gets a headache the next day.

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on March 12, 2013
at 10:41 AM

Chocolate has given me headaches for many years and I rarely eat it now. I do not feel allergic to chocolate, there is something contained in the chocolate which triggers it off, as highlighted by many postings above. I used to love chocolate digestive biscuits but I cant anymore. Actually occasionally i will eat a yorkie bar or even an Easter egg but I dont touch chocolate drinks ever, Cocoa included, and chocolate cake is off the menu for me. It is kind of weird when it is someones birthday and they give you a slice of chocolate cake you must reject. you feel so rotten!

Living in a hot country these days actually staves off a desire to eat chocolate and when i drink Avocado drink for example, i ask the seller not to add the customary chocolate sauce to it.

Oranges have a similar impact on me, the acid from the citrus fruit. I do not eat Oranges often but I find their vitamin c ingredients important to help me recover ill health. They are also great to quench a thirst.

When it comes to ice cream, I stay with Vanilla or Strawberry.

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on October 13, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I think it can be hard to know for sure if it is a headache trigger or not. I get migraines, and I've come to realize that what happens for me is: early signs of migraine -> desire to eat chocolate -> eat chocolate -> migraine. it's not a trigger, but cravings for it (and therefore often eating it) are part of the migraine development.

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on October 13, 2012
at 01:47 PM

Thank you for this question. I just consumed 85% dark chocolate yesterday. All yesterday night I had a headache which has continued this morning. The only thing I changed was eating the dark chocolate for the first time in many months. It obviously doesn't agree with me anymore. It's amazing how your body responds to rejecting various foods after being strict paleo for awhile. I guess no more chocolate for me, it's just not worth the throbbbing headaches. :(

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on April 10, 2012
at 10:15 AM

chocolate is a stimulant. coffee and tea, same thing. i was always sensitive to all of them, but especially craved chocolate. since being paleo, i feel like ive taken some nasty illegal stimulant drug if i touch any of the stuff. no carbs have made me super sensitve to them. my reasoning is, anything that you eat that is addictive, or that causes you to crave more the more you eat, ie, satisfaction levels are inversely proportional to amount eaten, is a bad thing. good, paleo, natural food isnt like that. just because cacao grows naturally doesnt mean you should eat it.

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on April 10, 2012
at 01:54 AM

theobromine is a neurotoxin. It is contained in dark chocolate.

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on April 10, 2012
at 01:25 AM

I had this WORST kind of headaches in years, & didn't really know why...i ate some of the dark choco in the evening and got the headache(i didnt know then) after hours of headache .. i ate a small bar & BAM! "welcome back headache", cant sleep now...figured out its this dark chocolate...I should not over-do the choco dose :(

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on December 21, 2011
at 12:31 AM

I had been STRICTLY paleo for over two months before I sat for the Dec. 3 LSAT (law school entrance exam) so every time I was tempted to cheat, I thought "I'm doing this for mental clarity". Well, night before I had one square of organic dark chocolate thinking it'd be a nice treat. Woke up feeling so hungover, I couldn't do well on the exam, at all! I had to cancel my score and need to take it again in February. I obviously had a reaction after the chocolate had been eliminated for so long. :(

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(8239)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:35 AM

Another interpretation: You didn't feel ready for the December LSAT so you ate the chocolate which served as the necessary catalyst for you to take the exam two months later, when you had done the requisite studying and were prepared to succeed without blaming anything you ate. Sorry is this seems tough, but trust me, I've been there.

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Could just be a caffiene withdrawal thing, but not knowing how much you consume otherwise this is just a suggestion. I get minor headaches if I don't get at least a little a day, usually in the form of tea and/or my beloved 100% dark.

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669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on December 06, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Don't know about the migraines,however my therapist asked me to not eat cacao and oranges anymore bc it contains a chemical that blocks the gallbladder for days even in the smallest amount. Making it hard to detox properly.

I used to love unsweetened raw cacao roasted cauliflower:(

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(8239)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:40 AM

Is your therapist also a nutritionist?

669790861549f3c6d54d88a65296ed19

(452)

on December 21, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Yes she is into nutrition as well

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on November 03, 2011
at 08:45 PM

I have to be careful, too. A little bit seems to go a long way. I also break out around my jawline if I eat too much chocolate. I don't know if it's specifically the sugar or not - I typically eat 85 or 90% dark chocolate, so it's not as though there is tons of sugar in that. But yeah, I can't explain it, I just know that for lots of people, chocolate is a headache trigger.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:44 AM

You might have an issue with it... I am unable to eat it unfortunately...

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