There is nothing worse than heartburn minutes into a conversation after eating dinner with family and friends rrright…
For most of us NORMAL people we have an item that we stay away from… I can’t do onions without feeling like a volcano.. ugh…
Curb heartburn: Whole grains and fiber
The secret? The high insoluble-fiber content gets things moving, explains Ronald Primas, MD, clinical instructor of medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City: “The more fiber you eat, the less time food spends in the stomach, which helps keep food and acid from coming back up.”
The natural acids in foods you eat — like many fruits, vegetables, and drinks — play a role, too, says Bani Roland, MD. She is a gastroenterologist and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University. To curb heartburn, build your meals around naturally low-acid foods like:
Melons and bananas. While most fruits have a high acid content, these don’t. Bananas are always handy as a snack food. All sorts of melons are good, like watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew.
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Oatmeal. It’s a great way to start your day. Oatmeal doesn’t cause reflux, it’s filling, and it has lots of healthy fiber.
Bread. Choose whole-grain — it will be the first ingredient on the label — which is made with unprocessed grains. Other healthy-sounding breads — like wheat, whole-wheat, or 7-grain — may be made with refined grains, which are stripped of natural fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.
Rice and couscous. These healthy complex carbs are great if you have reflux. When choosing rice, go for brown rice, which has more fiber.
Green veggies. Broccoli, asparagus, green beans, celery, and cauliflower are all low in acid.
Lean poultry and meats. Prepare chicken and turkey grilled, broiled, baked, or steamed. Just remove the skin — and don’t fry it, Roland says. Even ground beef and steak can be fine, as long as they’re lean.
Potatoes. Other root vegetables are good, too — just not onions.
Fish. Grilled, poached, and baked fish are all good choices. Just don’t fry it or use fatty sauces.
Egg whites. They’re a good source of protein and are low in acid. Just skip the yolk, which is more likely to cause symptoms.