Foods that can trigger heartburn
An awful acidic taste that travels from your mouth to your throat. A burning sensation that grows in your chest. A hoarseness or hacking cough that sometimes occurs after you eat or at night. While these types of symptoms can be caused by a number of different things, they also can be symptoms of heartburn.
Heartburn symptoms can be triggered by eating patterns or specific foods, particularly those that are acidic. It’s caused by acid reflux, which is when the acid in your stomach backs up into the esophagus, causing pain. Chronic acid reflux and heartburn can be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a more serious condition. (Here’s how to tell the difference between acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.)
For heartburn relief, it’s a good idea to try to avoid or limit the consumption of these 10 common foods.
Caffeine in coffee, tea, and colas can give some people more than an energy boost. According to Gale Pearson, RD, a registered dietitian with Tidewater Physicians in Newport News, Virginia, some stimulants like caffeine can relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which causes it to not close properly. “The stomach contents leak back into the esophagus and the backflow of the acid from the stomach cause heartburn,” says Pearson. “Since this is how America stays awake and responds to stress, no one wants to hear that they should be limited to relieve heartburn.”