The French master chef behind the recipes in Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure, demonstrated some of his creations at The French Culinary Institute in New York. Jamie Koufman, M.D., and Jordan Stern, M.D. also discussed the creation of their book.
As someone who suffers from acid reflux, I know how depressing eating right for reflux can be. Not only must you cut down on many things we know aren’t healthy (like fatty foods, soda and chocolate), there are also a number of healthy foods you also should restrict, like tomatoes and citrus. However, Bauer’s dishes prove that there are many delicious things that won’t trigger your reflux.
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.
Do you remember that episode of Magic School Bus where the kids on the bus fly into their classmate’s mouth and learn about the inner workings of digestion? Information simple enough for elementary school children, right? So, why are so many Americans struggling with knowledge about food choices and their reactions as your body breaks it down?
Without digestion, you won’t be able to get the essential nutrients you need. As your body breaks down food and it travels through the intestines, all those components of food are caught and stored. Everything you decided to put in your mouth, be it an apple or a Snickers bar, will play a role in your digestion.
Okay, most of you probably aren’t that worried. But wouldn’t you like to know the difference between simple gas pains, and something much worse? In 2005, there were 445,687 deaths in the United States that were as a result of a heart attack or angina. That’s about one of every five deaths! So, maybe it is a good idea to know the difference, huh? (more…)
Childhood obesity is at epidemic levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control, kids between 6 and 11 years old are the worst off, with nearly 19 percent in the U.S. being obese.
So, it should come as no surprise that the number of young children on prescription drugs for heartburn and other digestive problems jumped about 56 percent in recent years. The surge was found in a Medco Health Solutions Inc. analysis. It suggests that more than 2 million U.S. children 18 and under used drugs for digestive or gastrointestinal complaints last year.
“It’s a signal that something’s going on that we need to keep an eye on,” said Dr. Robert Epstein, Medco’s Chief Medical Officer.
Parents increasingly are demanding that doctors prescribe medicine for reflux, which is likely due at least in part to the direct-to-consumer marketing, so common on TV these days. But parents should consider a weight loss program that treats the real problem rather than treating symptoms that will last a lifetime if their unhealthy habits don’t change.