Although diet generally isn’t considered to be the cause of acid reflux, there are certain things we eat and drink that are known to trigger or intensify symptoms. So what are the food to avoid with acid reflux disease? Well, here are some that are known to cause problems:
Spicy Foods: Everyone knows that hot sauce and other zesty foods are famous for provoking heartburn. Although they’re tasty, unfortunately they will need to be limited if you suffer from acid reflux symptoms.
Citrus & Acidic Fruits: Citrus juices are known to cause increased irritation for many due to their high acidity. This includes orange, grapefruit, lemonade, etc. Another juice that is known to be bothersome is cranberry.
High Fat Foods: This is a very important category of food to avoid with acid reflux disease. Why? Because fat takes longer for the stomach to digest, which can increase pressure and contribute to heartburn. Everything from cheese, red meats, ice cream, fries, salad dressings, desserts, and more are often considered fatty foods.
Tomatoes: Because tomatoes have a high acidity, they are among the foods to avoid with acid reflux. This includes tomato-based products like sauces and ketchup.
Onions: Raw onions can wreck havoc, but when they’re cooked they’re usually not a problem. Garlic can also be an irritant.
Alcohol: This is a major heart burn trigger, even for people that don’t suffer from acid reflux. Strong drinks are especially troublesome. Depending on how your body responds, this should be avoided altogether or done only in strict moderation.
Caffeine: Most people can handle one small cup of coffee in the morning, but if you are addicted to your cup of Joe and consume large amounts (either one big serving and/or multiple servings throughout the day) heartburn will often follow.
Carbonated Beverages: Sodas and other carbonated beverages caused increased pressure in the stomach. This can easily contribute to heartburn so it is among the drinks to avoid.
Desserts: We all know these are high in fat, but desserts deserve a special mention of foods to avoid with acid reflux disease. Why? Because in addition to the fat, their ingredients like chocolate and peppermint are also known to intensify acid reflux symptoms.
What’s The Best Acid Reflux Diet?
What may trigger symptoms for one person may not for another, so these common offenders are by no means a one-size-fits-all list. Fortunately there are many acid reflux recipe and meal choices that are known to help. A good acid reflux diet will still include many of the above foods, but will do so in a way that is less irritating. Talk to your doctor to learn more.