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Heartburn can be caused by a number of factors. These include certain foods, and others are factors such as being overweight or lifestyle habits, such as smoking.

Certain foods can be associated with reflux events, including:
  • Citrus fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Drinks with caffeine
  • Fatty and fried foods
  • Garlic and onions
  • Mint flavorings
  • Spicy foods
  • Tomato-based foods, like spaghetti sauce, chili, and pizza

Other factors that may contribute to heartburn include:
  • Alcohol use
  • Being overweight
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
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