9 heartburn-causing foods to avoid


Your digestion system follows a certain flow. Food will start digesting in your mouth then slide down to your throat, then to your esophagus and stomach, then your small and large intestines, then released out of your body. When your food goes back up in the opposite direction, it can cause pain.

Heartburn is one of the conditions that cause food to go from the stomach back to the esophagus. Although these triggers are different in everyone, here are some foods you can avoid:

Large meals

Large meals will not help your heartburn. It causes your stomach to produce more acid that can build up and burn your esophagus. It is recommended to eat smaller portions.

Fried foods

High-fat foods such as fried foods, take longer to digest. The longer they are in your stomach, the more acid your stomach will produce. It will take more room in your stomach and as your stomach accumulates more foods, your food will overflow and reflux up to your esophagus. This will cause your heartburn. Fried food includes french fries, fried chicken, donuts and potato chips.

Acidic foods

Although fruits have many health benefits, sometimes they can trigger heartburn. Many fruits contain high acid levels. Such citrus fruits include limes, oranges and tomatoes contain acids that might disturb the pH balance environment in your stomach. The fruits and vegetables can add to the acidity and cause heartburn.


Broccoli is a great source of fiber and nutrients. If you have heartburn with associated gas and bloating, you may want to stay away from broccoli. Too much fiber can cause your digestive system to produce more gas, which can trigger heartburn.


You may want drink your cup of coffee first thing in the morning but you should reconsider when you have heartburn. Coffee as well as caffeinated tea can produce high levels of gas that can be acidic and trigger your heartburn.

Carbonated drinks

Similar to coffee, carbonated drinks has lots of gas that can make your stomach unhappy.

Hot and spicy foods

If you love spicy foods and suffer from heartburn, we have bad news. It’s time to put that chilli sauce bottle down. Spicy foods can add to the acid buildup and cause acid reflux. To prevent any heartburn, it is better to avoid the hot chili peppers and the special hot sauce.


This may seem obvious but it’s worth mentioning that alcohol does not help with acid reflux. Drinking alcohol can lead to poor digestion or acid reflux. Alcohol increases gastric acid in your stomach and dehydrates your body.

I am just as upset as you are. But chocolate is a known trigger of acid reflux symptoms. Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine that causes the esophageal sphincter muscles to relax, allowing acid to travel up the esophagus.

To recap, foods that can trigger heartburn are those that relax your esophagus sphincter. These foods include high-fat, acidic or gassy food. Stay away from hot spicy food, alcohol and chocolate.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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