Many times we are told what foods can make our acid reflux worse, but we are not told that there are foods that can help to control acid reflux. There are foods that you can incorporate into your diet to help to control your symptoms of acid reflux. You should consume naturally low-acid foods to help to control your heartburn symptoms. Here are some suggested foods to eat when you are trying to control acid reflux:
- Bananas and melons. Most fruits you want to avoid when you are suffering from heartburn because they have a high acid content. Bananas and melons do not and make a great snack.
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal will not cause acid reflux. It contains a lot of healthy fiber and is very filling.
- Green vegetables. As mentioned before, many fruits and vegetables (such as tomatoes and onions) can make your heartburn worse. Green vegetables (such as asparagus, green beans, and broccoli) will not make your symptoms worse because they are low in acid content.
- Rice and couscous. These complex carbs will help to control your acid reflux.
- Lean poultry and meats. Baked, broiled, grilled or steamed chicken and turkey are good to eat while trying to control acid reflux. Make sure to remove the skin and do not fry. Ground beef and steak can also be okay to eat as long as they are lean.
- Fish. Fish that is grilled, poached or steamed are good to eat. Make sure not to fry fish or use fatty sauces.
- Potatoes. Potatoes and other root vegetables, except for onions, are good choices.
- Bread. Choose whole-grain bread. This is made with unprocessed grain and will contain natural fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.
- Egg whites. They are low in acid content and high in protein. Make sure to remove the yolk which can cause heartburn symptoms.
- Fennel. Some studies have shown that fennel can help to improve your digestion. It is also low in acid content.
- Ginger. Ginger has long been used to treat upset stomach and heartburn.
- Parsley. Parsley has also been used for hundreds of years to treat upset stomach.
- Aloe vera. There has been evidence to show that aloe vera can help control heartburn.
When the correct foods are added to your diet, your symptoms of heartburn could decrease significantly. However, eating a low-acid diet may not always be enough. It is always a good idea to consult with your gastroenterologist.
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