Why I avoid the blues.

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:
(source)

“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.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Why I avoid the blues.

  1. How interesting. I’m glad you’ve traced what triggers them, anyway.

  2. They were my favourite ones but hadn’t noticed they had gone,

  3. Paula Light says:

    Interesting! I always wondered why M&Ms didn’t set me off but Reese’s pieces did. It wasn’t the peanut butter because I can eat that by itself.

  4. Sadje says:

    Good detective work Di.

  5. fransiweinstein says:

    I didn’t know that so thanks for the info. Glad your headache didn’t last.

    • It was gone after I had a walk and some fresh air. No more blue smarties though, natural colouring or not. I see they sell them in single colours now anyway, so I’ll stick with pink!

  6. Now that I’m perimenopausal I’ve been getting migraines intermittently. The last one was triggered by orange juice. Glad you were able to stave off this one today.

    • I was sitting in the GP surgery having had a really bad headache for about three weeks and read an article in one of the magazines about oranges being a migraine trigger. It made perfect sense as for about three weeks I’d been having a navel orange every day to dose up on vitamin C !

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