2. NON-CITRUS FRUIT
Similar to vegetables, some fruits are less likely to trigger your acid reflux symptoms while some may make it worse. If you’re suffering from acid reflux, you should try to avoid acidic produce and switch instead to less acidic fruits like melons, pears or bananas.
Apples can be good for those suffering from acid reflux, especially sweet red apples. Green apples, however, are more acidic, so may make your symptoms worse: so think carefully when you’re deciding whether to reach for a Granny Smith or a Red Delicious!
Not all fruits can help calm the effects of acid reflux. Citrus fruits can trigger your symptoms with their high levels of citric acid. This means you may want to reduce your intake of oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and pineapples. Tomatoes could also be the culprits!
While it’s better to avoid foods that are high in fat if you’re struggling with acid reflux, yoghurt could help soothe that familiar burning sensation, especially low-fat yoghut. However, because some yoghurt can be high in fat, it can trigger heartburn symptoms in some people.
If you’re lactose intolerant, eating and drinking dairy products like yoghurt can make your reflux worse. We recommend trying dairy-free yoghurt if this is the case for you!
Frozen yoghurt is a great dessert choice for people who struggle with GERD. You could try a low-sugar, low-fat frozen yoghurt topped with high-fibre berries such as raspberries or blackberries. While high in fibre, berries can still be quite acidic, so may trigger heartburn in some people.
4. EGG WHITES
Egg whites are a versatile food that can be prepared in a variety of ways – from savoury meals to tasty desserts. Low in fat, egg whites are easier to digest, so they may be less likely to trigger your GERD.
However, egg yolks are high in fat, so may increase your chances of getting acid reflux. If you want to include eggs in your diet, you could consider removing the yolks first.
Just like fruits, vegetables, and egg whites, seafood is relatively low in fat, so is easier for your body to digest, which may mean you’re less likely to have an acid reflux flare. Fish and shellfish contain a lot of key vitamins and nutrients, which makes them a good component of a healthy diet.
If you do elect to eat more seafood to your diet, make sure you grill, poach, or bake it. Frying your seafood introduces more fatty oils into your food, which can make your symptoms worse.