Acid Reflux Disease Diet 7 Ways to Relieve Symptoms

An acid reflux disease diet can help control the occurrence of acid reflux and decrease the risk of heartburn for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sufferers.  Following a controlled diet is a matter of determining which foods trigger symptoms, and which foods are safe to eat.

Creating a two-week food diary, where you make a record of all the foods you ingest and the symptoms that follow, is the best way to discover the foods you should be aiming to eliminate.  After two weeks, you should then present your food diary to your doctor or dietician so he/she can help create a diet plan that is beneficial for you.

Although it is in your best interest to create a food diary so you can tailor your diet specifically to avoid your trigger foods, to get you started the following are 7 food categories and the related foods you should avoid, or are considered safe to eat in each.  The seven categories are:

1. Dairy
2. Meat
3. Grains
4. Vegetables and Fruit
5. Fats and oil
6. Sweets and snacks
7. Beverages

Knowing what you should and shouldn’t eat within each food category is how you create an acid reflux disease diet that effectively relieves symptoms by stopping them before they start.

Foods you should avoid
The following foods should be eliminated or dramatically limited in an acid reflux diet, as ingesting them, even in small quantities, can aggravate symptoms and lead to recurring heartburn.

Dairy – Cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream and ice cream related products (I.E. milk shakes, floats, etc.)
Meat – Buffalo wings, chicken nuggets, ground beef, and marbled steak
Grains – Pasta with marinara sauce, macaroni and cheese
Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: raw onion, French fries, mashed potatoes.  Fruits: Citrus fruits and juices which include lemon, lime, lemonade, orange, orange juice, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, tomato and tomato juice.
Fats and oil – Oily or creamy salad dressings, and essentially all fried or fatty processed Foods.
Sweets and Snacks – Chocolate, doughnuts, butter cookies, brownies, corn chips, and potato chips. 
Beverages – Alcohol, regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea, high-sugared drinks such as soda.

Foods considered safe
The following foods are considered safe to eat and shouldn’t aggravate your GERD symptoms; therefore, they can become a regular part of your acid reflux disease diet.

Dairy – Fat-free cream cheese, feta or goat cheese, low-fat soy cheese.
Meat – Extra lean ground beef, London broiled steak, skinless chicken breast, egg whites, egg substitute, and fish without additional fat.
Grains – Whole grain or white bread, corn bread, oatmeal, bran cereal, white or brown rice
Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: carrots, cabbage, peas, green beans, and baked potato. Fruits: banana, fresh or dried apple, apple juice.
Fats and oil – low fat salad dressing
Sweets and Snacks – Pretzels, baked potato chips, graham crackers, rice cakes, fat free cookies, red liquorice, and jelly beans
Beverages – Water, herbal tea (not peppermint)

Occasional treats
Last, but not least, the following is a brief list of foods you can occasionally enjoy in your acid reflux disease diet, but should be consumed with discretion and in moderation as they can aggravate symptoms:

Dairy – Yogurt, cheddar or mozzarella cheese
Meat –fried eggs, fried fish, hot dog, ham and tuna salad.
Grains – Granola cereal and muffin.
Vegetables & Fruit – Vegetables: garlic, leeks, and green onions.  Fruits: low-acid orange juice, dried cranberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Fats and oil – ketchup
Sweets and Snacks – low-fat cookies
Beverages – non-alcoholic drinks and carbonated drinks

Finally, keep in mind that the above food lists are only general guidelines.  Some of the foods considered safe to eat for one heartburn sufferer may not be the same for another.  Therefore, make sure you keep a food diary to determine what the best acid reflux disease diet is for you, so you can effectively treat and prevent your symptoms.


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4 Responses

  1. Jewel
    March 22nd, 2007 | 4:39 pm

    Hi Katheryn,

    My chiropractor adjusted my cardiac valve and ileocecal valve and worked on the vagus nerve which controls these vaves. Once last month and yesterday. I’ve had reflux for 3 1/2 months. I follow the diet, etc. and I still have it. I have not been scoped yet. My doctor wants me to try Previcid for 2 weeks. My chiropractor thinks she can help to get rid of the reflux with the adjustments. I had a VERY stressful job for decades and now I’m free of that stress. Do you have any thoughts?

  2. sue
    March 23rd, 2007 | 1:51 am

    My husband has the acid refux so bad he vomits some time he takes nexium & another pill. i say it has to also do with his weight gain.

  3. March 23rd, 2007 | 8:55 am

    I think you are taking all the right steps Jewel. Stick with your chiropractor and follow the advice of your doctor.

  4. dilly
    June 20th, 2008 | 3:48 am

    hi,
    I just wanted to say maybe you should try honey. I have been diagnosed with gerd recently and was given prevacid, it has not cleared any symptoms and i was still getting severe stomach pain. I have been drinking a hot cup of honey and water 3 times a day, it seems to be alleviating the pain.