Can Peanuts Cause Acid Reflux Problems?


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It is quite possible for someone suffering from acid reflux to do all of the right things only to find their symptoms are not getting any better, or that they may even be getting worse. This usually means that there is something else going on, and that someone has to look deeper into their diet to see if there might be another trigger they may not have noticed. You’ll no doubt be aware of the number of people suffering from peanut allergies so can peanuts cause acid reflux too?

Peanuts and Acid Reflux
Peanuts have high fat content and there is also suggestion that they can relax the esophageal sphincter and that means they should be avoided with dealing with heartburn. They go right along with things to avoid like alcohol, caffeine in any drink or food, deep fried foods, sugars of all types, tomatoes, tomato juice, and citrus family fruits and juices.

The other instance where peanuts might be a problem is if someone has food sensitivity. Those who are allergic to peanuts know it and will avoid them. However, food sensitivities can often go unnoticed, as there may not be a sudden reaction unlike an allergic reaction, so it can be very hard to pinpoint. Peanuts can definitely be a food that causes sensitivities.

Acid reflux can be aggravated by sensitivities to any food or indeed can be caused by them. Peanuts are found in many things, and if you look at the list of foods that someone who is allergic to peanuts must avoid, you will find a very long list.

So although peanuts pose a problem for some with reflux, many have no idea that some of the things they are eating contain peanuts. Which means they can have treatment for GERD without having any idea they also have a peanut sensitivity, which can result in the treatment being ineffectual.

If you are concerned you may have a peanut sensitivity that is contributing to your acid reflux symptoms the best approach is to keep a food diary and monitor your symptoms. Should you find that your symptoms are worse after eating food containing peanuts then it would be best to eliminate or moderate your intake.

Though getting peanuts out of the diet seems like the easy answer, this may not always be as easy as it sounds.

A huge number of foods have peanuts in them, or even trace amounts from the way they were manufactured. However, now that there is more awareness about peanut allergies and serious side effects when allergy sufferers eat nuts most food manufacturers are labeling their products accordingly.

Look for the warnings on food packaging and to see if peanuts are present. You’ll find that many restaurants will also warn if dishes contain nuts.

If you try removing peanuts from your diet and acid reflux symptoms subside then you have found the answer to the question of can peanuts cause acid reflux or worsen symptoms.


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8 Responses

  1. Penny
    June 22nd, 2007 | 8:05 pm

    I am having a problem with my salivary glands under my tongue swelling during the day. Is that a problem associated with acid reflux?

  2. June 23rd, 2007 | 7:08 am

    Hi Penny
    I don’t believe swollen salivary glands are connected to acid reflux. It sounds like you may have a calcium deposit in the glands that is causing the swelling. I would suggest you visit an ENT for a professional opinion.

  3. June 24th, 2007 | 1:04 am

    I have been able to almost completely eliminate my acid reflux problem by ruthlessly cutting mono sodium glutamate (MSG) out of my diet. This means carefully reading labels in grocery stores, and eliminating most canned foods, and never eating in restaurants unless I absolutely have to, but it’s worth it. I have also found that salt and spicy foods aggravate it, but I have always tried to avoid them, anyway. All my doctor wanted to do was to give me pills, and then more pills to counteract the side effects of those pills. I think the big increase in acid reflux problems (and esophageal cancer) in recent years can be traced back to people’s changing diets. People need to study how what they eat affects them; the doctors can’t do that for them.

  4. Alice
    June 24th, 2007 | 3:57 pm

    Does eating yogurt help acid reflux?

  5. June 29th, 2007 | 9:06 pm

    Alice
    Live yogurt contains probiotics - the good bacteria that helps aid digestion. Eating live yogurt can help to ease acid reflux symptoms, however it doesn’t work for everyone.

  6. K
    August 6th, 2007 | 4:52 am

    does acid reflux cause difficulties with breathing? I live in Florida and this summer and last summer I have experienced breathing difficulties, which the dr. says is due to gerd. is this true? I never had this before and am a little upset by it…..thank you for you help

  7. August 7th, 2007 | 6:28 am

    Hi K -

    I wrote an post about this - you can find it here:

    http://naturally-stop-acid-ref.....h-related/

    I hope it helps.

    Kind regards

    Kathryn.

  8. September 2nd, 2007 | 4:14 pm

    I find bending over after I have eaten causes me to have
    acid reflux. I try to relax after I eat and that seems to help.

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