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Can I eat spicy foods with acid reflux?

Several scientific studies looking at spicy food and acid reflux have been unable to prove that spices trigger changes in the sphincter pressure that leads to acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. If you are someone who suffers from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux, there are foods that are known to increase discomfort, but spices are not proved to be among them.

It depends on your digestive system. There is no scientific evidence that spicy foods automatically trigger acid reflux. In fact, one study shows that giving up spicy foods had no effect on these symptoms. Try eating less of a food that you think is troublesome before giving it up altogether.

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