For patients who need a diet for acid reflux or who want an acid reflux disease diet that will not hurt them, consider these foods, known to be a good option for most people.
- Consider non-acid fruits including bananas and apples.
- Eat a variety of vegetables including carrots, beans, baked potatoes, cabbage and broccoli, all known to be safe GERD diet foods.
- You can also eat most meats such as chicken breast, lean ground beef, and London broil steak. Fish is particularly a good option.
- Some cheese seem to be good GERD diet foods including cream cheese, feta or goat cheese and soy based cheeses.
- Grains are always a good option as is water for drinks.
- Look for all of your GERD diet to be low fat for the best results.
Here are some of the most common foods that trigger GERD pain and illness.
- In fruits, juices in particular, you will find acid like foods to be a problem such as tomato and tomato juice, lemons and lemonade, grapefruit, orange and cranberry.
- For vegetables, avoid French fries, raw onions and sometimes mashed potatoes.
- Some meats can be painful for gerd sufferers, too, especially buffalo wings, chicken nuggets, ground chuck and marbled sirloin.
- Be very careful with liquor and wines, coffee, tea and dairy products, all known to cause problems for the GERD patient.
- Stop using tobacco in all forms. Nicotine weakens the lower esophageal muscle.
- Avoid chewing gum and hard candy. They increase the amount of swallowed air which, in turn, leads to belching and reflux.
- Do not lie down immediately after eating. Avoid late evening snacks.
- Avoid tight clothing and bending over after eating.
- Eat small, frequent portions of food and snack if needed.
- Lose weight if overweight. Obesity leads to increased reflux.
- Elevate the head of the bed six to eight inches to prevent reflux when sleeping. Extra pillows, by themselves, are not very helpful.
|Milk or milk products
||skim, 1% or 2% low-fat milk; low-fat or fat-free yogurt
||whole milk (4%), chocolate milk
||all other vegetables
||fried or creamy style vegetables*, tomatoes
||apples, berries, melons, bananas, peaches, pears
||citrus*: such as oranges, grapefruit, pineapple
|Breads & grains
||all those made with low-fat content
||any prepared with whole milk or high-fat l
|Meat, meat substitutes
||low-fat meat, chicken, fish, turkey
||cold cuts, sausage, bacon, fatty meat, chicken fat/skin
||none or small amounts
||all animal or vegetable oils
|Sweets & desserts
||all itmes made with no or low fat (less than or equal to 3 g fat/serving)
||chocolate, desserts made with oils and/or fats
||decaffeinated, non-mint herbal tea; juices (except citrus); water
||alcohol, coffee (regular or decaffeinated), carbonated beverages, tea, mint tea
||fat-free or low-fat based
||chicken, beef, milk, or cream-based soups