What Foods Can I Eat That Will Not Give Me Heartburn?
What is heartburn? Another name for heartburn is acid reflux. Heartburn occurs when acid from the stomach moves backwards from the stomach, up into the esophagus. When stomach acid comes in contact with such delicate tissue it can cause pain and discomfort. Left untreated, heartburn can cause problems such as esophageal strictures due to the erosion of the lining there.
No one wants that to happen. You may take medicine to control your heartburn, but the simplest thing you can do is learn what foods you can and cannot eat. While most of the foods we will discuss here are on the heartburn-free side, each person is different. Some foods that may really irritate your stomach and lead to heartburn may not faze someone else.
The way to know more about your heartburn is to find out your triggers. These are foods, time of day and other situations that trigger heartburn. Keep a journal of daily meal times and ingredients in foods to chart when heartburn occurs.
In the meantime, here are some foods that you can start with. Just because you have heartburn doesn’t mean you have to starve or give up good taste.
1. Apples and bananas – these fruits do not contain a lot of citric acid.
2. Broccoli – roughage cleans out your digestive system and contains lots of fiber.
3. Bread – you can eat white or multi-grain, but multi-grain is better for your health.
4. Extra lean red meat – cutting away the fat can keep that food from causing heartburn.
5. Graham crackers – they make a nice healthy snack.
6. Chicken breasts without skin – lean meat can be cooked with the skin if it is removed prior to eating.
7. Fat-free cheese choices like low-fat cream cheese – too much fat can get the heartburn going again.
8. Water – it hydrates the body. If you don’t like water, add a flavoring packet.
9. Low-fat salad dressing – they do not contain the same fat content but will have the same taste yet with fewer calories.
10. Cookies – many sweets have to be avoided but you can have a few like cookies, licorice and jelly beans.
11. Oatmeal and bran cereals.
12. Pretzels – The salted kinds are okay but avoid flavored ones.
13. Fish – bake your fish to avoid adding fat.
14. Egg whites – boil the eggs and discard the yolk.
15. Potato chips or baked potato – stay away from the greasier form of chips or fried French fries.
Use these fifteen foods as a start for your diet. Continue to monitor what you eat and when to keep heartburn at bay.