7 Foods That Cause Acid Reflux
How to avoid heartburn
When it comes to acid reflux, there are certain foods that are almost universally problematic.
The best strategy is to avoid them entirely. But unfortunately, they often make up over half of many people’s diets.
In Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure, authors Jamie Koufman, MD, Jordan Stern, MD, and French master chef Marc Bauer share foods they consider hazardous, based on medical literature and their experience treating thousands of patients.
1. Chocolate contains caffeine and other stimulants such as theobromine, which cause reflux.
2. Chocolate is high in fat, and fat causes reflux.
3. Chocolate is also high in cocoa, and cocoa causes reflux.
Theoretically, dark chocolate isn’t as bad as high-fat milk chocolate, but let’s face itall chocolate is bad for reflux.
Of the beverages that were tested, Coke, Tab, and Diet Pepsi were the most acidic. All carbonated beverages can be a problem, so the authors recommend abstaining completely to avoid acid reflux.
Deep-fried (or even not-so-deep-fried) foods are on the "bad list" because of their high fat content.
Abstain if you can; otherwise, have only one cocktail or glass of wine a day, and completely avoid acidic mixers like orange juice or soda.
High-fat dairy products
Use a small amount of these foods as flavoring, but not as main ingredients. Low fat is better than no fat.
Try cutting back to a lean cut of meat and eat it only once a week.
Try switching to chamomile, which is the best herbal tea, or you can have one cup of green tea a day if it is lightly brewed.