July 07, 2022

10 Worst Foods for Acid Reflux 

By: Ashwani Kumar

Dairy Products

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Full-fat dairy products are also considered high-fat products and should be limited or avoided. Instead, choose non-fat or low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese.

Fried foods

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Fried foods cause the lower esophageal sphincter to relax which leads to stomach acid traveling back up the esophagus and triggers the acid reflux symptoms.


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Chocolate is a common acid reflux trigger. Chocolate contains methylxanthine, which has been shown to relax the smooth muscle of your LES, contributing to reflux symptoms.

Carbonated Drinks

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Carbonated drinks contain air bubbles that expand within your stomach, putting pressure on your LES and potentially causing it to leak acid into your oesophagus.


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Alcohol relaxes your LES while also stimulating stomach acid production, making it a common acid reflux trigger. Furthermore, alcohol is known to irritate the digestive tract.


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Caffeine stimulates the production of stomach acid. Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea, and soda, can exacerbate acid reflux symptoms.

High Fat Foods

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High-fat foods may relax your LES, allowing stomach acid to leak more easily into your oesophagus. This can aggravate your acid reflux symptoms and thus should be avoided.


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Tomatoes and tomato juice, like citrus fruits, are acidic. As a result, they can cause acid reflux because eating highly acidic foods causes more acid in the stomach.

Onion and Garlic

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Onions and garlic increase acid production in the stomach, which can aggravate acid reflux.

Spicy foods

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Capsaicin, the ingredient that gives spicy foods their flavour, can cause acid reflux by slowing digestion and keeping food in the stomach for a longer period of time.

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