6 & 7.Tomatoes & Marinara Sauce
Tomatoes, whether eaten raw in a salad or transformed into a savory-sweet marinara, are also no-go’s if you want the painful burning feeling in your chest to subside. “Similar to citrus fruits, tomatoes are acidic and can make heartburn worse,” Rumsey tells us.
8 & 9.Coffee & Tea
Sorry, java and green tea lovers, but caffeine can contribute to heartburn—so you’ll want to find another way to get energized if you’ve recently had a bout of acid reflux, Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, tells us. “Caffeine relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter that usually prevents backflow from the stomach into the esophagus, she explains. And yes, those fancy drinks count, too. Even though they may have a bit less caffeine, they’re typically made with milk, which Smith cautions can be slow to digest and can contribute to heartburn, too.
If you’re suffering from heartburn, you should tread carefully in the land of romaine, ranch, and radishes. “Due to the high-fat content of oil in salad dressing, some people have experienced heartburn when eating a salad,” offers Koszyk, adding, “Rich, high-fat dressings can cause relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter and increase the risk of heartburn. Your best bet is to keep salad dressing on the side and do the fork-dip method when taking a bite to reduce the amount of salad dressing you use.” And no matter what you do, steer clear of these worst restaurant salads in America. They’re all fatty, caloric, diet disasters that will make you feel even more crummy and wreck your flat belly dreams, too.
Mmmm, french fries! They’re crispy, salty and just so darn delicious. But this is your warning: They’ll make you feel straight up awful if you’re getting over a bout of heartburn. It’s been suggested that high fat, fried foods can cause acid reflux and exacerbate existing symptoms, notes Koszyk. If you get a craving for French fries but just had a bout of heartburn, Koszyk suggests making baked “fries” at home with an oil spray instead of an oil-filled deep fryer. “Reducing the fat content can reduce the symptoms,” she explains.