Foods that commonly trigger bouts of heartburn include red wine, chocolate, coffee, heavy spices and citrus foods, according to WebMD. Additionally, fatty foods, oversized meals and lying down after eating may cause heartburn.Continue Reading
Acidic foods such as grapefruits, oranges and tomatoes are a common trigger for heartburn in those prone to it, states WebMD. Garlic, onion and pepper are also common culprits, as are heavily spiced foods such as chili. Foods that are high in fat, such as cheese, red meat and nuts, are slower to digest, which may increase the pressure on the sphincter and cause heartburn. Additionally, alcohol paired with a high-fat meal can aggravate the situation. Peppermint relaxes the sphincter muscle, which causes acid reflux to flow to the esophagus.
It's not necessary to eliminate foods that trigger heartburn if they are taken in moderation and part of a diet that includes plenty of heartburn-safe foods, states WebMD. Cutting back on caffeine, chocolate and carbonated beverages may help prevent heartburn. Sour balls and things that cause saliva to form are helpful with neutralizing acid reflux. Eating smaller meals throughout the day, instead of a couple of large meals, is a good preventative step. Allowing at least two hours for food to digest before bedtime also helps avoid symptoms of heartburn.Learn more about Pain & Symptoms