What foods tend to produce acid in the stomach and cause acid reflux?
There are foods that produce more acid than others, however if you don’t have acid reflux these foods shouldn’t cause problems for you. Even for people with reflux, acid-producing foods may be more bothersome for one individual than they are for another. And we can still add to this chaos by realizing that we DO need some acid in our stomachs so foods that tend to produce acid should not always be labeled as “bad” foods.
If you are uncertain whether a specific food is an offender for you, than keeping a food journal can be your best defense. Keeping detailed notes on what you eat and your symptoms after eating certain foods can be a big eye opener. It is important to pinpoint the foods that do cause problems for you so that you are not eliminating whole food groups due to one or two single troublesome foods.
Just because oranges cause reflux symptoms for you doesn’t mean all fruits will do the same.
Here are some foods that can be the most common offenders for people with acid reflux. Again, these are just the common ones and doesn’t mean they will have the same affect for everyone.
10 common foods that may cause acid reflux
- Citrus fruits and tomatoes
- Raw garlic and onions
- High fat/fried foods
- Spicy foods
- Carbonated drinks
Identifying foods that are YOUR major offenders can be difficult. Some foods may be the culprit due to high acid content however there is also a definitive link between food allergies/sensitivities and symptoms of acid reflux. If you can find out which foods you are allergic or sensitive to you may be able to find the root of your acid reflux problems. Knowing for sure and eliminating those foods can put a halt to all of your acid reflux symptoms. You can do this by trying a type of elimination diet.