My boyfriend and I love pickles. Kosher Dill are the best. But after eating said Kosher Dill Pickle, I would have awful migraines that would last for 6 hours or more. However, I’d been able to eat pickles for years with no issues so I did not suspect their evil ways at the time. Instead I went to what was the most likely culprit (in my mind), my glasses.
After a new prescription and a new view of the world, I went straight back to my pickle binges. When the migraines continued, I looked on the back of the pickle jar for ingredients…Yellow #5…weird.
I went to the store with my boyfriend that day. What did orange Gatorade, orange popsicles, and Sunny Delight have in common with pickles? Yellow #5.
And so began my quest on the internet, medical journals, and library books. What do ya know? Yellow #5 and #6 cause:
- Localized itching (like in my mouth)
- Migraines (like in my head)
I’m a much happier, less itchy person without my Yellow colored foods, but slightly unhappy that pickles aren’t green enough for the rest of the world.
And that’s why I can’t eat the pickles (plus, it makes a catchy blog title).