Top 10 Heartburn Foods
From coffee to grapefruit -- helpful tips for avoiding those enticing foods that may just trigger your heartburn.
Heartburn and Caffeine
Coffee, soda, tea, iced tea, and any other food or beverages that contain
caffeine are big offenders. But java junkies don't have to give up their Joe
forever, Chutkan tells WebMD. "It's not 'no coffee ever' if you have heartburn.
It's about cutting down and paying attention to portion sizes. A Starbucks
tall," she explains, "which is their version of a small, is like three cups of
coffee. Some people tell me they drink two cups of coffee a day and that they
get it at Starbucks. That's like six cups a day."
If you have heartburn, you can likely consume a 3- or 4-ounce cup of coffee
each morning with no problem. But if you guzzle coffee all day long, then, yes,
heartburn is a consequence.
Heartburn and Chocolate
Sure, it can be loaded with caffeine, but chocolate can also be a heartburn
food in and of itself. "Pack up all of your chocolate and give it to your
gastroenterologist for safekeeping if you have heartburn," Chutkan says.
Chocolate relaxes the sphincter, allowing stomach acids to flow back into the
esophagus, she says.
Heartburn and Carbonated Beverages
"Carbonated beverages cause gastric distension," Mausner says. And if your
stomach is distended, this increases pressure on the esophageal sphincter,
promoting reflux." He tells WebMD that people with heartburn may be wise to
steer clear of pop and other carbonated beverages.
Heartburn Foods: Find Your Triggers
Taub-Dix's advice is to use the above list as a guide to help you figure out
your heartburn foods and heartburn trigger situations. And remember, she
cautions, even if your favorites are not on this list, you don't necessarily
have a free pass. "Too much of any food can trigger heartburn," she says. It's
not just what you eat; it's how much you eat and when you eat it. "Consuming a
large meal right before you lie down," she says, "will likely cause heartburn
even if it doesn't include any of these heartburn foods."