Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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GERD Diet

Your diet plays an important role in the successful management of reflux esophagitis.

General dietary measures to reduce acid reflux include:

  • Eating small, frequent meals
  • Waiting at least several hours before reclining after you eat a meal
  • Avoiding spicy foods and other foods that trigger acid reflux

Foods with a lower risk of causing acid reflux include:
  • Apples
  • Baked potato
  • Bananas
  • Bread
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cream cheese (fat free)
  • Egg whites
  • Feta cheese
  • Green beans
  • Lean steak
  • Low-fat cream cheese
  • Low-fat dressings
  • Peas
  • Rice

Foods more likely to cause reflux symptoms include:
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Gas-forming foods
  • Carbonated drinks
  • High-fat foods
  • Hot drinks
  • Hot, spicy foods
  • Onions
  • Peppermint
  • Tomato and citrus juices
  • White fish

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Last Updated: Oct 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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