7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

Acid refluxes might not be a significant health issue but they can get irritating at times. The main reason for acid refluxes is the food you take. While acidic foods cause acid refluxes alkalizing foods helps you relax your stomach.

Here are a few foods you should avoid if you have acid refluxes.

 
 

 

7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

 

1. Spicy foods

7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

 
 

Any food with a combination of a lot of spices like pepper and chili can cause acidity. Any dish filled with garam masala will also come under this category. You might not feel any discomfort while eating them. The problem will only start once your stomach starts processing the food.

 

2. Chocolate

7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

Chocolate has not one but three ingredients which can become fuel for your already acidic stomach. Chocolates are rich in caffeine, cocoa and fat; these are ingredients which can cause gastric refluxes as well. If you are a huge fan, you can go far dark chocolate rather than milk chocolates.

 

7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

 

3. Soft drinks

7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

Soft drinks work in two different methods while inducing acidity. Specific ingredients added in these drinks to enhance taste cause acidity by nature. Along with this, the carbonated bubbles in the drink start expanding in your stomach hence pressuring your stomach acids into your esophagus. Consuming these drinks late at night might cause severe gastritis during your sleep.

 

4. Fried foods

7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

Fried foods are a very friendly treat to your eyes. The same cannot be said for your stomach. Rich in fat these foods take quite a long time to digest while considering other food. We also tend to consume such food in a higher quantity while looking at other food. Hence your stomach has to produce more acid to digest such food. This increased acidic content tends to irritate your digestive system.

 

 

5. Alcohol

7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

Any of the above foods paired with beer, wine and other liquor can double the effects of acid refluxes. Alcohol might not be specifically very acidic but it has the tendency to relax the lower valve of our esophagus and lets our stomach acid to move upwards.

 

6. Butter and cheese

7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid

Cheese and butter also have the same effect on your stomach fried food does. Having a very high concentration of fat, it leads to your stomach producing more acid to digest them.

 

7. Citrus fruits

These extremely healthy fruits are also rich in citric acid. Avoid consuming higher quantities of such foods in an empty stomach.

 

   7 Acidic Foods: What to Limit or Avoid 

 

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