I've bought some conventional cabbage from walmart and every time I eat a cabbage salad I get headaches afterwards, same with canned smoked sardines.
I imagine it's an effect from the pesticides as I rarely ever get headaches.
Is this common?
asked bydanno (246)
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on January 03, 2015
at 12:18 AM
Cabbage and canned sardines… and it's the pesticides? Don't get caught up in the hysteria.
A very loose guess: histamines/tyramines in your food (these are naturally occuring compounds).
on January 09, 2015
at 08:25 PM
Try cooking your cabbage instead of eating it raw. I've tried juicing cabbage before, out of curiosity, and I got a killer headache every time that lasted hours.
on January 06, 2015
at 05:39 PM
I have never heard of anyone having a reaction to pesticides or BPA. Those things aren't good for you but I don't think the body reacts like that.
There have been links between migranes and BPA (though like many studies they sound a little ridiculous, injecting rats with high levels of BPA), but that isn't a eat-BPA-have-a-headache reaction but rather what they believe is a buildup of BPA.
As Matt_11 noted, cabbage and smoked fish are both high in histamines, that looks like a more logical answer.