Acid Reflux Diet: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

Feb 13, 2023

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common digestive disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, chest pain, and a sour taste in the mouth. To manage acid reflux, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat and avoid foods that trigger symptoms.

 

Foods to Eat

Fruits and Vegetables:

Fruits and vegetables are low in fat and high in fiber, making them a great choice for people with acid reflux. Try eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, including apples, bananas, berries, broccoli, carrots, and leafy greens.

Whole Grains:

Whole grains are a good source of fiber and can help reduce the symptoms of acid reflux. Choose whole grain bread, pasta, rice, and cereal.

Lean Protein:

Lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, and tofu are good options for people with acid reflux. Avoid high-fat meats like bacon and sausage.

Low-Fat Dairy:

Low-fat dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese can help neutralize stomach acid.

Foods to Avoid

Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits can irritate the lining of the esophagus and trigger acid reflux symptoms.

Tomatoes and Tomato-Based Products:

Tomatoes and tomato-based products like ketchup and pasta sauce can be acidic and trigger acid reflux symptoms.

Fried Foods:

Fried foods like French fries and fried chicken can be high in fat and trigger acid reflux symptoms.

Spicy Foods:

Spicy foods like chili and curry can cause heartburn and worsen acid reflux symptoms.

Alcohol:

Alcohol can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and trigger acid reflux symptoms.

Caffeine:

Caffeine can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and trigger acid reflux symptoms.

Chocolate:

Chocolate can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and trigger acid reflux symptoms.

In conclusion, managing acid reflux through diet is an important aspect of treatment. By incorporating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein into your diet and avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, you can help reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and improve your overall health. If you experience frequent or severe acid reflux symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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