What foods can cause acid reflux?

Dr. Roshini C. Rajapaksa, MD

Some foods that can cause or make acid reflux worse include caffeine, chocolate, tomatoes, citrus fruits and peppermint. Rich, fatty meals can also exacerbate acid reflux.

Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

High fat foods, spicy foods, alcohol as well as mint, chocolate and spearmint can increase acid reflux. Reflux is reduced by decreasing the volume of food and liquid in your stomach at one time. Drink fluids between meals, taking small sips at meals. Eat small, frequent meals. Remain elevated 2 hours after eating.

There is fairly good evidence that caffeine-containing foods such as coffee, tea, chocolate and peppermint can induce reflux of stomach contents. There is only minimal evidence to suggest that "acidy" foods such as oranges and other citrus fruits, and carbonated beverages can induce reflux. Lying down after eating a large meal can also induce reflux.

Caffeine, spicy or heavily seasoned foods, and peppermint can cause acid reflux.

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