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Summer Foods: Don't Feel the Heartburn

Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you have to feel the heat of heartburn when enjoying foods of the season.

Summer Foods That Trigger Heartburn continued...

Some real culprits that turn up time and time again are:

  • Fatty meats and deep-fried foods (they stay in the stomach longer, giving acid more of a chance to wander)
  • Citrus
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint
  • Excessive alcohol consumption (especially red wine)
  • Tomatoes (salsa, catsup)
  • Colas and coffee (caffeine and carbonation are both suspect)
  • Orange juice
  • Peppers
  • Garlic and onions

Some of these weaken the hold of the sphincter and some scratch at irritation that is already there.

Other foods can bloat your stomach and force the acid back up your throat. These include carbonated beverages.

A good rule of thumb is not to eat greasy meals and foods that are already chockfull of acid.

So What Can You Eat for a Heartburn-Free Summer?

The key to enjoying summer foods is to know what agrees with you, Magee says.

  • If grease bothers you, stick with grilled or raw foods.
  • Instead of tomatoes, load up your salads with carrots, beans, jicama, or other milder veggies.
  • If chocolate is a trigger, eat a few Kisses instead of a double helping of Death by Chocolate cake.
  • Burgers are OK, Magee says, but get the leanest cuts and dress with guacamole or something less acidic than catsup.
  • If carbonated drinks lead to late-night torture, stick with iced tea.
  • If Margaritas and you don't get along, drink less or switch to a virgin strawberry type.
  • Watermelon can be acid-producing. Consign it to a mixed fruit salad only.
  • Eat smaller portions. Your stomach detects large amounts and pumps out more acid.

    The key to enjoying summer foods is to know what agrees with you, Magee says.

    • If grease bothers you, stick with grilled or raw foods.
    • Instead of tomatoes, load up your salads with carrots, beans, jicama, or other milder veggies.
    • If chocolate is a trigger, eat a few Kisses instead of a double helping of Death by Chocolate cake.
    • Burgers are OK, Magee says, but get the leanest cuts and dress with guacamole or something less acidic than catsup.
    • If carbonated drinks lead to late-night torture, stick with iced tea.
    • If Margaritas and you don't get along, drink less or switch to a virgin strawberry type.
    • Watermelon can be acid-producing. Consign it to a mixed fruit salad only.
    • Eat smaller portions. Your stomach detects large amounts and pumps out more acid.

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