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8 Surprising Foods to Avoid if You Have Acid Reflux

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Millions of people around the world are living with acid reflux. It’s a condition where a person’s faulty valve, that separates stomach contents from your esophagus allows stomach acid to rise. Acid reflux is said to be caused by smoking, obesity, eating heavy meals and laying down or bending at the waist, blood pressure medications, exercise, and stomach abnormalities.

Acid Reflux vs Heartburn

Acid Reflux is the process by which your stomach acid goes the wrong way (up to your esophagus). The resulting burning sensation is referred to as heartburn. Some other Symptoms of Acid Reflux include:

  • difficulty swallowing
  • bringing back food into the mouth
  • dental erosion
  • throaty harshness
  • asthma

To avoid these unpleasant symptoms, it’s important to know what triggers the heartburn. These are eight surprising foods that may trigger your acid reflux. grapefruit heartburn

1. Grapefruit 

Fruits such as grapefruit are very acidic. Grapefruit, oranges and other citrus are classic heartburn triggers because of it. To limit their effect on your acid reflux, never consume them on an empty stomach.


tomatoes cause heartburn

2. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are healthy and delicious. But unfortunately for those suffering from the acid reflux disease or heartburn, tomatoes are a no-no. Tomatoes are highly acidic and may trigger your symptoms.

Mexican Food Hearburn

3. Mexican Food

Mexican food, chili, peppers – what do they all have in common? They are filled with spices and may cause heartburn. If you find that these foods trigger your heartburn, take them out of your diet. You can start slowly and mildly reintroduce them afterward. Otherwise, stay away from spicy food.

Peppermint Acid Reflux

4. Peppermint

Does your breath feel a little stinky? Well, you might think twice before grabbing that mint. Peppermint is shown to soothe your stomach, but it also relaxes the muscle between your esophagus and your stomach, which in turn allows the acid to flow back into your esophagus. For this same reason, you should avoid mint tea as well.

Chocolate Heartburn Trigger

5. Chocolate

Sorry ladies! This may break your heart, but if you are trying to avoid “heartburn”, you should lay off the chocolate. Chocolate relaxes the sphincter, which allows the acid from your stomach to easily flow into your esophagus.

Cheese Heartburn

6. Cheese

Cheese is everywhere these days. Cheese is high in fat which slows down the emptying of your stomach, which can lead to an increased pressure on your sphincter. Try to avoid having cheese at the end of your meals. If you really HAVE TO eat cheese, eat it when you are not already full. But it may be better to avoid dairy all together.


Avocado Triggers Acid Reflux

7. Avocado

Avocados are amazing in many ways. However, they also happen to have a lot of fat. Healthy fat, but fat none the less. Which can cause heartburn? If you have a lot of avocado in your diet and suffer from heartburn, try eliminating it for a couple of days and see if it improves your condition. If it does, you can eliminate it from your diet, or simply re-introduce it in very mild portions.

Mashed Potatoes Acid Reflux

8. Mashed Potatoes

While a great side dish, mashed potatoes may trigger your heartburn. If you can’t live without potatoes, choose baked potatoes instead.

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  • Roselen Fernandez

    Interesting. I’m surprised to see avocado in the list.

  • Jenny Carter

    I used to suffer from severe heartburn/gerd for over 14 years so I have tried every medication & treatment there is. After spending countless hours of online research, going to specialists & many trial/errors I finally found what seems to have cured my acid reflux as i have no symptoms for almost 10 months now. What worked for me:

    1. An immediate relief is found via root ginger. Seems to neutralise the esophagus immediately.

    2. Follow every step in the the video & guide seen at the following link to tackle the root of acid reflux/gerd in a NATURAL way:
    solvehealthproblem*com/heartburn (obviously change the * for a dot as it won’t let me post links here)

    3. Apple cider vinegar diluted with a bit of water and then down it. Every morning & before a big meal.

    4. Don’t push your luck! Once you feel your symptoms have relieved still don’t be silly and have that greasy take away, so remain cautious what you eat without it taking over your life.

    Try those steps and hopefully you will get as much luck with getting rid of acid reflux as i did. I previously got heartburn, cough, burning throat from LPR, stomach cramps and a bit IBS which obviously got me down. Therefore it is also important to remain strong minded about it as anxiety/stress will only make your symptoms worse. Sorry to have rambled on here but I just want people to be aware there is a cure out there and you don’t have to suffer with it forever