Stop Acid Reflux With Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid

Updated on January 2, 2018

Have Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is no fun. Think you have it? You're at the right place. In this article, find information that will help you diagnose your condition as acid reflux and then figure out what best to include in your diet. The following acid reflux topics will be discussed:

  • Common symptoms
  • Recommended foods to consume
  • Safe/good foods to consume
  • Foods that should only be consumed in small amounts
  • Foods to avoid
  • Eating tips to follow
  • Two bonus sample recipes for you to try out/follow

You May Be Suffering from Acid Reflux if You Have the Following Symptoms:

  • Regurgitation. You feel undigested food being brought back to your mouth or throat shortly after you've consumed your meal.
  • Heartburn. A painful burning sensation coming from your lower chest up to your throat. It usually occurs after eating. It's also more prominent and can be exacerbated while you're lying down.
  • Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing. Difficulty and pain experienced while swallowing. Food may feel as though it's trapped around your neck area.
  • Chest pain. Sometimes it feels like something is heavily pressing against your chest, making it more difficult to breathe.
  • Asthma, dental erosion and hoarseness. All of these conditions may be provoked by the strong acids that get to the throat and mouth from your stomach.

Recommended Foods to Consume

Beverages
Dairy
Fruits
Grains
Proteins
Vegetables
Mineral water, herbal tea
Cheeses: feta, goat, soy-based
Apples, bananas
Bread, crackers, cereals, rice
Egg whites, fish, skinless chicken, extra lean: steak and ground beef
Broccoli, peas, carrots, green beans

Safe Foods to Consume

Beverages
Dairy
Fruits
Grains
Proteins
Vegetables
 
Fat free or low fat milk, fat free or low fat yogurt
Bananas, apples
 
Fresh fish (with no additional fat), skinless chicken breast, turkey
 

Foods to Consume in Small Amounts

Beverages
Dairy
Fruits
Grains
Proteins
Vegetables
 
 
Any type of berries, including but not limited to: cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
 
Eggs: scrambled or fried, tuna salad, fried fish
Garlic, onion

Foods to Avoid

Beverages
Dairy
Fruits
Grains
Proteins
Vegetables
Sodas, alcohol,coffee
Chocolate milk, ice cream, whole milk
Pineapples
 
Meats cooked with BBQ sauce, meats seasoned and high in fat, Buffalo chicken wings, chicken nuggets, fast food, sausages, marbled sirloin
Potatoes: fried, mashed, baked, in salad form or in salads, etc.

Eating Tips to Stop Acid Reflux:

  • Eat small meals. Don’t eat three primary/large meals a day. Instead, frequently eat small amounts of food. This way, you’re not putting too much effort and strain on your stomach. Don’t overeat.
  • Avoid fats. Do not eat anything with too much fat—these foods cause the stomach to produce lots of acid to digest it. Avoid fast food at all costs! The same goes for too much oil, toppings, condiments, sauces, and dressings on your meals.
  • Stay seated. Make sure that you're seated in an upright position while eating and that you maintain this 45 minutes after your meal, as well.
  • Elevate your head while sleeping. When you're in bed or lying down, make sure you elevate your head up and maintain it by six to eight inches. There are special pillows available especially to help you fight acid reflux, as well.
  • Eat lots of fiber. Eat a lot of foods and meals high in fiber—they are great to relief acid reflux symptoms.

Two Sample Recipes to Stop or Relieve Reflux Symptoms

1. Breakfast smoothie:

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yields: One serving

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of ice
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 ripped bananas
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • ½ tsp. fresh ginger, peeled, and grated fine

Instructions:

  1. Add ice, milk, yogurt, bananas, and ginger to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.


2. Chicken and black bean soup (lunch/dinner)

  • Prep time: 60 minutes or less

  • Yields: 1-2 servings (depending on your appetite)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. of canned black beans
  • 1 pint of chicken stock
  • ½ cup of fresh cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of nonfat sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the beans, cilantro, and salt to taste.
  2. Cook for 30 minutes on low heat.
  3. Pour carefully into a blender and blend.
  4. Serve in a soup bowl and garnish with 1 tsp. nonfat sour cream and a sprig of cilantro.

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      Lordcary 

      3 weeks ago

      I can't do milk or yogurt, sometimes cheese is OK. But sometimes I crave an ice cream rather a Drum stick which has chocolate....I think I finally realize this makes me feel so sick. I seem to be OK with pineapple, frozen. I never drink coffee only herbal teas. I like ginger tea but the other day I wondered if it set my stomach off. I have a hiatus hernia, "Nutcracker" esophagus - (sometime I choke on a mouthful of water, as well as silent reflux. I pain in my stomach right now is unreal other times it's OK. I find it hard to know what to eat if I just eat small amounts, not that I eat a huge meal but it's a bother to fix something other than 3 times a day. I am usually starving at bed time and I may have just had supper a couple of hours before. I will have a Frozen Banana Ice Cream (I make) or a Pumpkin chia pudding (I make). I just wish could get rid of this pain, I took two different meds. for high acid and was worse. I take a remedy my Naturopath makes....it usually helps.

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      Joanna 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi

      I have acid reflux and am following some diet plans wrtiten by an AMerican Dr called Jonathan Aviv in his book'The ACid WATcher's Diet' it is very thorough and he explains everything very well. It has alot of biological explanations.

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      Sumit 

      2 months ago

      Please help me l am suffering from this the foods that l can eat different in many websites

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      Tina 

      2 months ago

      God help us

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      Choco 

      3 months ago

      I'm addicted to coffee and I have gerd

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      Sean 

      4 months ago

      I'm confused, coffee and pineapple are both on the list to AVOID! Have they changed the page since you comments? Coffee kills my stomach, so unfortunately does tea :-(

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      Hue 

      5 months ago

      You're in for a world of pain if you drink coffee with gerd. Listen to the list not the comments.

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      Anne 

      5 months ago

      I cant do pinapple or anything that has tomato in it. I am finding it varies on each list of what not to eat. I think I am finding by trial and error. I also, have been following the alkaline diet somewhat. seems to help.

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      ph. 

      6 months ago

      Pineapple and coffee is safe food to consume with acid reflux and GERD ? You gotta be kidding me, i think pineapple is the worst for acid reflex. Apple or applesauce is way much better to be on the list.

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      Margaret bennett 

      7 months ago

      I'm trying to eat healthy I love salads that's my favourite meal and it's got to be low fat I like pure orange juice and I'm aways drinking water because I talk tablets but I'm looking for somethink I can have for breakfast I'm sick of wholemeal toast any ideas the i cant stand any oil or sugar and I hate chips

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      Linda 

      8 months ago

      I would never attempt fresh pineapple and would hesitate trying to eat canned or cooked pineapple. Many years ago I had the worst acid reflux after eating tuna salad with canned pineapple. Also can't eat garlic or onion while my GERD is active. Also NO coffee for me, or ANY fried food. I can tolerate small amount of garlic powder. I find seasoning with tumeric and ginger soothing. I would strongly recommend keeping a food log. Stick with limited diet, adding one food at a time back. If you get acid reflux, remove last food from your list.

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      Danny 

      12 months ago

      Yeah coffee is the best when u have acid reflux it stops it right away

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      3 years ago

      I agree with the last comment...Coffee & caffeine are out as told by many doctors..even pineapples are to be avoided by most....

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      Bill 

      3 years ago

      This info is way off. Coffee is listed as "Safe Foods to Consume When You Have Acid Reflux". Coffee and caffeine are universally recommended to AVOID when you have acid reflux. Look elsewhere.

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