Cutting Down on These Food Types Can Help You Greatly Reduce the Occurrence of Acid Reflux


Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – known simply as acid reflux – is a condition in which the contents of the stomach regurgitate into the esophagus. Often times, these stomach contents can include bile and acid which can inflame and damage the lining of the esophagus. Over time, complications resulting from acid reflux can include ulcers, scarring, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.

There are number of factors that contribute to this condition, including foods that can trigger the reflux response. If you are afflicted by this condition, we recommend you avoid the following foods as much as you can:

  • Chocolate. This is a difficult one to put on this list but chocolate contains a number of chemicals and ingredients that can cause acid reflux, including caffeine, fat and cocoa.
  • Soda. This is an obvious inclusion: the carbonation in soda and similar beverages expand inside the stomach, increasing pressure that can cause your stomach to regurgitate.
  • Alcoholic beverages. Beer and red wine, in particular, contribute to acid reflux. Alcohol relaxes the esophageal sphincter increasing the chance stomach acid can climb into the esophagus.
  • Fried foods. Besides already being bad for your overall well-being, the high fat content means the food will take longer to digest and will put pressure on your stomach and esophagus. 


For additional information on acid reflux treatment and other gastrointestinal disorders, contact San Francisco Gastroenterology.

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