Top 10 Heartburn Foods
From coffee to grapefruit -- helpful tips for avoiding those enticing foods that may just trigger your heartburn.
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."