Foods You Must Avoid If You Suffer From Acidity
There are certain foods that can trigger and worsen symptoms of hyperacidity and it is best to avoid them if you suffer from this condition. These include:
1 . Coffee
Having one cup of coffee a day is okay but there are people who are addicted to caffeine and end up drinking lost of cups in a day. Caffeine is known to increase acid production and cause reflux. So try and switch to mild teas like chamomile or lightly brewed green tea.
2 . Chocolate
Chocolate is packed with caffeine and other stimulants such as theobromine which can cause reflux and hyperacidity. Chocolate is also high in fat and cocoa which are known triggers of hyperacidity and reflux. If you are fond of chocolate, try and have the dark chocolate since it is low in fat.
3 . Carbonated Drinks
Soda and other carbonated drinks aggravate acidity and reflux. The bubbles of carbonation expand inside the stomach, and the increased pressure leads to reflux. Sodas with caffeine and those that are acidic are even worse.
4 . Deep Fried Food
A common thing in our Indian households is that foods undergo deep frying in an effort to make them more tasty. Fried foods are loaded with fat which is one of the main culprit for causing acidity. Experts suggest that fried food is the single most recognized cause of acidity. It also triggers acid reflux causing heartburn and chest pain. Avoid frying as much as possible and try and bake, boil or air fry your vegetables and snacks.
5 . Fat Rich Dairy
The high-fat foods like cheese, ghee, butter and cream cause hyper-acidity. Consuming too much of cheese and butter can worsen symptoms of acidity. So, it is best to avoid them. If you have to, use a small amount of these foods as flavoring, but not as main ingredients.
6 . Meats
High fat meats like lamb and pork which stay longer in the stomach increase the chance of acid production in the stomach.Try cutting back to a lean cut of meat and eat it only once a week.
7 . Citrus fruits
The acid present in citrus fruits (like oranges, kiwis, lemons) triggers reflux symptoms by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter. Citrus fruits also contain more acid than other fruits, which worsen symptoms of acidity.You can replace these fruits with non-citrus fruits like apple, banana, melon, guava and watermelon.
8 . Alcohol
All forms of alcohol especially beer, wine, and liquor can cause severe acid reflux symptoms in two ways. Firstly, alcohol relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter muscles, allowing acid into the esophagus. Second, alcohol stimulates secretion of stomach acid causing reflux and acidity.