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Which foods and beverages should you avoid to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

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Avoiding foods and beverages that can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is often recommended. These foods include chocolate, peppermint, fatty foods, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. Foods and beverages that can irritate a damaged esophageal lining, such as citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, and pepper, should also be avoided if they cause symptoms.

From: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2017

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)."

Pluta, R. , May 18, 2011. Journal of the American Medical Association

American College of Gastroenterology: "Understanding GERD." 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)."

Pluta, R. , May 18, 2011. Journal of the American Medical Association

American College of Gastroenterology: "Understanding GERD." 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 10, 2017

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