Foods to Avoid for Reflux

Updated April 17, 2017

Acid reflux disease or gastro-oseophageal reflux disease is a disease characterised by heartburn, regurgitation, nausea, chest pain and difficulty swallowing. Symptoms can be helped by avoiding certain foods.

Foods to Avoid

Avoid fried or fatty foods, spicy foods, fruits and fruit juices with a high acid content (tomatoes, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, cranberries), creamed foods, whole milk, caffeine-containing beverages, alcohol and chocolate.


A change in diet may be the easiest way to deal with acid reflux. If you edit out certain foods, you can have a massive impact on your health. One of the easiest ways to start editing foods out of your diet is to keep a food log. When a food causes the reaction of acid reflux, remove it from your diet.


Some people tend to ignore the seriousness of acid reflux. It can be a serious condition and a precursor for diseases such as Barrett's oesophagus, erosive esophagitis and esophageal strictures.


To lessen the effects of acid reflux on your life, you may have to make a few slight lifestyle changes. Changing your diet, losing excess weight, avoiding alcohol and trying to avoid stressful situations can all help.

Warning Signs

Warning signs of acid reflux can include a burning sensation in the throat or chest, wheezing, difficulty swallowing and a bitter taste in the mouth.


The more you eat during the day, the more acid your stomach produces to break down the food.

Acid reflux can occur in anyone, from infants to seniors.

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Kimberly Fisher is a freelance writer based in Manhattan Beach, Calif. She specializes in luxury travel, lifestyle and fashion. Her work has appeared in the magazines "Ocean View," "Disarray" and "ReLiving." Fisher attended the University of Nevada and Mt. St. Mary's College.