The 5 Worst Foods For People With Acid Reflux Disorder.
In this post, we will discuss about 5 worst foods for people with acid reflux disease and the logic behind it.
If you want to know more about acid reflux disease click the link the (What Foods Help Acid Reflux Go Away?) to read our previous post in which we have discussed in detail about acid reflux disease and its treatment.
Heartburn is a common symptom of acid reflux. You can also experience burning sensation in your stomach or chest after eating a full meal or certain foods. GERD can also cause vomiting or regurgitation as acid moves into your esophagus.
Other symptoms of acid reflux disease include:
• Dry Cough
• Sore Throat
• Burping or Hiccups
• Difficulty Swallowing
• And a feeling Lump in The Throat
To give you an idea of how wide spread this problem has become, A 2019 systematic review estimated that about 15 to 25 percent of the U.S. population has Gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), there were about “3.14 million” hospitalizations for ARD in 2015, and in 2020 this number increased to 4.7 million hospitalizations and 1,653 deaths. Acid reflux is a lifestyle disease like diabetes, obesity and Hypertension.
Lifestyle habits like taking too much stress, smoking and eating the wrong type of diet are one of the key factors that lead to acid reflux disease.
In this post we will focus on the diet related to acid reflux disease. So, lets first start with the 5 WORST foods for people with acid reflux disorder.
Number 1, High-fat foods
The following foods have a high-fat content. Avoid these completely or limit them from your diet:
• Fast food like French fries, Burgers, onion rings.
• Full-fat dairy products, such as whole milk, butter and cheese.
• Fatty or fried beef, pork or lamb.
• Desserts or snacks, such as ice cream and potato chips.
• Cream sauces and gravies.
• Oily and greasy foods.
Fried and fatty foods can cause the LES to relax when it shouldn’t be. LES is a ring of muscles at the junction of your esophagus and stomach that allows only unidirectional movement of foods and liquids. This muscle only relaxes when you swallow food.
Fried and fatty foods can cause the LES to relax when it shouldn’t be, allowing stomach acid to back up into the esophagus. These foods also delay stomach emptying. Eating high-fat foods puts you at greater risk for reflux symptoms, so reducing your total daily fat intake can help.
Number 2, Caffeine
Caffeine is a known trigger of acid reflux. It stimulates your stomach to secrete more acid which can regurgitate into your esophagus and lead to heart burn. A study was done on 16 patients to note the effects of removing caffeine from their coffee k/a “decaffeination” and its effect on their symptoms of acid reflux disease.
The study concluded that Regular coffee lead to a significant acid reflux and decaffeination of coffee significantly decreased the acid reflux.
So, it’s best to avoid your morning cup of coffee and find other alternatives like Tea if you are constantly suffering from acid reflux symptoms.
Number 3, Chocolates
Chocolates contain chemical like methylxanthines, caffeine and theobromine which relax your smooth muscles including the one present in your LES.
This causes the acid in your stomach to move up in your oesophagus more easily and leads to symptoms of acid reflux.
Number 4, Alcohol
Alcohol has two negative effects for people suffering with acid reflux.
First, alcohol is a known stimulant for production of acid in your stomach, so it increases the quantity of acid produced by your stomach and second it also relaxes the LES leading to more reflux.
So avoid alcohol at all costs as it is one of the worst food for people with acid reflux.
Number 5, Citrus foods
Fruits and vegetables are important in a healthy diet. But certain fruits can cause or worsen GERD symptoms, especially highly acidic fruits. If you have frequent acid reflux, you should reduce or eliminate your intake of the following fruits:
• tomatoes and tomato sauce
So, it’s best to avoid these types of foods. Later in this video we will discuss some fruits and vegetables that are very good for people with acid reflux. So, these were 5 types of foods that you should avoid if you have acid reflux disease.