Foods That Cause Acidity

Foods That Cause Acidity

Have you ever felt the sharp pain in your tummy or heart? Still confused! Where is it? Ok! Let’s have a look and spot on from where the pain is really triggering. Starting from the esophagus to lower chest and finally, moving on to the stomach. So, where does the problem really lies?

Acidity is the reflux of strong hydrochloric acid in the stomach to the esophagus and gullet. Though the lining of the stomach protects it from acid the esophagus remains unsafe.

When the valve, gastro esophageal sphincter fails to control food from regurgitating back to the esophagus, you may feel the heartburn. Don’t worry! It has nothing to do with your heart! It is damn intense but still be happy; it is not a heart attack.

From ages, people are working on the symptoms and remedies and have finally spotted in the list of foods that cause acidity. So, here we go with the list!

Grab a notepad and a pen, jot down all the things so you may save yourself from heartburn. No more regrets after eating and going through fiery sensations.

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Citrus Fruits

Robynne Chutkan, founder of the Digestive Center for Women in Chevy Chase, Md. and a gastroenterologist at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C warned the citrus lovers that citrus fruits contain acidic content which may trigger heartburn if taken in empty stomach. Grapefruits are the most acidic with 3-3.3 pH, while oranges with 3.1-4.1.


Tomatoes may seem to be full of nutrients ranging from Vitamin C to molybdenum; still, the acid antidote in it can trigger the acidic reflux. It is due to the reaction of saliva with the acid brought from the stomach. Keep in mind whichever things cause saliva production, are responsible for causing acidity.

Onions and Garlic

Few people tend to get acidity through the usage of either onions or garlic. These are the basic ingredients incorporated to bring taste to dishes. There is a myth that garlic reduces stomach upsets while it is just a way to increase acidity.

Spicy Food

Spicy food is also a major source of causing the heartburn and at times, increases it as well. Mexican spices, black pepper or any other spices loaded food carry equal potential harm to the foodie. It doesn’t mean at all that complete avoidance or taking it has the solution to the issue.

In fact, if you are experiencing it to get severe after taking spices. So quiet for sometimes and introduce in your diet with a very milder version to not to give a hard time to your tummy.


Peppermint, an easy and quick remedy for fresh breathes on a date. But hold on it may cause throbbing pain and spoil your date! I know you don’t want this to happen. Still wondering why? Peppermint which is perceived as the cooling agent is just like a wolf in Red Riding hood and it will relax your sphincter muscle which lies exactly between your stomach and esophagus.

It will allow the acids of the stomach to pass to the esophagus which will instantly increase your acidity if you are a patient of GERD. So for a smooth date, do not have peppermints, especially after heavy meals.


Fatty Foods

Heartburn can be a product of intake of fatty foods. Fatty foods like cheese, avocado, nuts and juicy Rib Eye all are sources of enhancing it because Fatty foods slow down your metabolism and the stomach starts getting bloat and growl, pouring all its pressure on the poor esophageal sphincter, which immediately arises the acidity.

Cheddar, Gouda, cream cheese, Stilton, and Parmesan are all high-fat cheese and even the cheese sauce that is loaded with heavy cream and butter. No need to worry that you cannot have it ever again. It is better to consume cheese at the start of the day when you are not that full and your metabolism is working faster than night. But limit your intake to the size of two dices only.

Warning for fatty food puts all your brownies, pizza, burgers and pasta in the red zone. Fried food is also part of this.

Alcoholic Drinks

Alcohol, wine or beer intake, especially the red wine will be harmful to the GERD patients because it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and easily brings the stomach content to the esophageal mucosa. This will inflict damages on it and raise your acidity.

Drinking alcohol will increase the production of acid in your stomach. Well alcohol itself is an enhancer of acidity and when combined with other foods, it will be a cherry on top and will kick acidity.

Coffee and Tea

Ok! Bad news for the teas and coffee lovers. In fact, not wrong to say caffeine lovers, also need to know and realize that caffeine also causes acidity.

People tend to take Starbucks coffee, twice a day that surely makes six cups of coffee which is quite more than what you should take. People should limit their coffee intake to 3-4 ounces a day to avoid heartburns.

It is better to eat and drink everything for the longer period of time instead of completely quitting it.


This does not end here! Chocolates also trigger acidity because of cocoa present in it. Cocoa produces intestinal cells that ease the esophageal sphincter to discharge a gush of serotonin and causes heartburn.

Chocolates also have caffeine and Theo bromine which may worsen the symptoms.


Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated drinks which has entered into the lives of millennial very much and are enjoyed for its exclusive flavors, is nonetheless than another factor. It also works in the same manner as any other food and relaxing the esophageal sphincter, it triggers the acid reflux.


Lately, beef which is the high source of fats is also responsible for causing acid reflux. Particularly, porterhouse, filet mignon, ad T-bone steaks are the good source of high fats even in kinds of beef that are preferred by people. Prefer having lean cuts including top round, sirloin tip, and top sirloin.

It does not matter entirely on what things you are taking, besides food intakes, the quantity and right time of the meal also matters a lot. So decide for an appropriate time for intake of every foodstuff depending on its type and keep your portions smaller.

These are the key points to avoid any symptom of such nature. Do not simply lie down immediately after eating food. It’s simple; just maintain a log of what you eat because acidity triggering foods vary from person to person.




Andrea White

As a graduate of Public Health and Policy, Andrea developed an interest in disease development, food and safety and the latest advancements in health. She is a Freelance writer who had affiliations with multiple blogs. Andrea is now pursuing her post-doctorate in Behavioral Sciences.

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