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10 Worst Foods for Heartburn

Orange, Lemon, LimeMost people know that citrus, alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods can all trigger heartburn. But did you know that fatty foods, like steak or cheese, can also trigger that burning sensation in your chest? Check out this list from WebMD to learn what foods are the most likely triggers. Remember, too much of any food can also lead to acid reflux.

1. Citrus Fruit

Acid is the number one dietary culprit leading to heartburn. Oranges and grapefruits are particularly bad, along with juice made from these fruits, when consumed on an empty stomach.

2. Tomatoes

Like citrus, tomatoes are high in acid.

3. Garlic and Onion

Garlic and onion are a serious heartburn trigger for some, but others are not bothered by it. To discover which foods have a negative effect on you, keep a log of what you eat and if you have any symptoms.

4. Spicy Foods

Pepper and chili can trigger heartburn, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid your favorite Mexican foods altogether. Try making salsa and sauces with milder spices.

5. Peppermint

This mint may smell soothing, but it can lead to heartburn by relaxing the sphincter muscles that separates the stomach from the esophagus. That means stomach acids can flow back into the esophagus.

6. High-Fat Foods

Food high in fat can leave the stomach distended and increases pressure, making heartburn more likely.

7. Alcohol

All forms of alcohol, including beer, wine, and cocktails, can lead to heartburn. Like peppermint, alcohol relaxes the sphincter muscles.

8. Caffeine

Tea, coffee, soda, iced tea and soda all contain caffeine. You may not have to give up your favorite drinks all together, just be sure to consume them in small portions earlier in the day.

9. Chocolate

Not only does chocolate contain caffeine, but it also relaxes the sphincter.

10. Carbonated Beverages

Carbonate sodas and other beverages cause gastric distention.

Also Read:

Navigating the Grocery Store with Acid Reflux

Childhood Heartburn: Another Symptom of Weight Epidemic

Dropping Acid Chef Demonstrates Reflux Friendly Foods

December 29th, 2010

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