Most 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.
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.
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.
All forms of alcohol, including beer, wine, and cocktails, can lead to heartburn. Like peppermint, alcohol relaxes the sphincter muscles.
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.
Not only does chocolate contain caffeine, but it also relaxes the sphincter.
10. Carbonated Beverages
Carbonate sodas and other beverages cause gastric distention.
December 29th, 2010