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Foods That Can Worsen Heartburn

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Updated June 06, 2014

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One way to lessen heartburn episodes is to change your diet. There are certain foods that can worsen heartburn symptoms, and it's best for chronic heartburn sufferers to limit or completely avoid these foods and beverages. So, what are the most problematic foods for heartburn sufferers?

Foods and beverages you should avoid if you suffer from heartburn:

  • Fried foods
  • Fatty foods
  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomato products
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Citrus fruit drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint
  • Pepper

Foods and beverages that have little risk of causing heartburn:

  • Apple: fresh or dried
  • Apple juice
  • Banana
  • Baked potato
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Ground beef, extra-lean
  • Steak, London Broil
  • Chicken breast, skinless
  • Egg whites
  • Egg substitute
  • Fish, no added fat
  • Cheese, feta or goat
  • Cream cheese, fat-free
  • Sour cream, fat-free
  • Soy cheese, low-fat
  • Bread, multi-grain or white
  • Cereal, bran or oatmeal
  • Corn bread
  • Graham crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Rice, brown or white
  • Rice cakes
  • Mineral water
  • Salad dressing, low-fat
  • Cookie, fat-free
  • Jelly beans
  • Red licorice
  • Potato chips, baked

Additional Resources:

Meal Planning Tips for Preventing Heartburn
Tips for Dining Out When You Have Heartburn
Heartburn-Free Recipes
Sample Heartburn-Free Breakfast Menus
Sample Heartburn-Free Lunch Menus
Sample Heartburn-Free Dinner Menus


Sources:
"Information You Can Stomach - Patients: What are the treatments for infrequent heartburn?." American College of Gastroenterology. 19 Dec 2007

Magee, Elaine: Tell Me What to Eat If I Have Acid Reflux. Book-mart Press: New Page Books, 2001, ISBN: 1564145743.

Sklar, Jill and Cohen, Annabel:Eating or Acid Reflux:Marlowe & Company; Imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, Inc. 2003, ISBN: 1569244928.

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