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Foods to Limit to Control Acid Reflux


Updated May 30, 2014

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Do you find that you are getting heartburn after eating certain foods? While food isn't a problem for every heartburn sufferer, for many it is a daily concern. This is why it is important to know which foods can cause heartburn for you and limit those foods. These are foods that are usually responsible for a higher occurrence of heartburn.

You can keep a heartburn or food diary to learn what are your personal "problem" foods.

The foods listed in the Table below are the most common foods that can produce heartburn.

For a listing of foods that usually cause little or no heartburn problem, please check out the table for foods that have Little Potential to Cause Heartburn. For a listing of foods that you may be able to enjoy occasionally, please check out the table for foods that can be Consumed With Discretion.

This is by no means a complete list, and in your personal situation, you may either find you can eat the foods from the "Avoid" group with no problem or have problems with foods not listed. It is a good idea to keep a Food Diary. For approximately two weeks, write down what you eat, when you eat and any symptoms you may experience. This will help you and your doctor plan your diet and decide on any change in eating habits you may need.

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Foods To Limit On The Acid Reflux Diet

Food Group Foods To Avoid
Fruit Orange juice
Grapefruit juice
Cranberry juice
Vegetables French fries
Onion, raw
Meat Ground beef, chuck
Marbled sirloin
Chicken nuggets
Buffalo wings
Dairy Sour cream
Milk shake
Ice cream
Cottage cheese, regular
Grains Macaroni and cheese
Spaghetti with sauce
Beverages Liquor
Coffee, decaffeinated or regular
Tea, decaffeinated or regular
Fats / Oils Salad dressing, creamy
Salad dressing, oil & vinegar
Sweets / Desserts Butter cookie, high-fat
Corn chips
Potato chips, regular
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