I should have known, or at least remembered, why I avoided the blue ones.
When I worked for the bank (1989 -2001), I was a regular sufferer of migraine.
I was lucky that over time and a process of elimination, I was able to ascertain what foods would trigger an attack and thus avoided oranges (or fruit juices with orange in them), Caerphilly cheese and dark chocolate to name just a few.
Working for the book company (2002 – 2007), sometimes I’d wake up in the early hours with the start of one, so would ring my boss at whatever hour and leave a message on her ansafone to say I’d taken one of my ‘bombs’ and would be in later. I was usually at my desk by 10 am, headache free.
When I retired, the migraines retired too, and apart from one or two really bad headaches, I haven’t had one since.
That was until today when within about half an hour of eating a few (I’d used them to decorate the cheesecake I’d made for my neighbour), I felt the beginnings of a headache, and realised exactly what could have triggered it.
What I didn’t know was that Blue Smarties were removed from circulation in 2006 for almost three years (nothing to do with me, honest!!)
All Smartie lovers might find this article of interest, this is an extract:
“In 2006, Nestlé decided to remove artificial coloring from their sweets. The problem was that, even though they found a way to replicate and produce all the other colors by using natural alternatives, blue was proven to be more than a challenge.
In fact, it took them three years but they eventually found a way to extract the blue coloring. The color comes from a seaweed called Spirulina. Due to this solution, blue Smarties are back and just like the rest of the range, free of artificial colors and flavors.”
So maybe there was something about the blue smarties that set me off, though that wouldn’t explain why I had the start of a headache today, which thankfully didn’t come to anything.