Acid Reflux, Heartburn and GERD Diet

Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, is a common complaint, characterized most commonly by indigestion or chest pain or discomfort. If you suffer from symptoms frequently, you may have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a more serious form of acid reflux, and should be evaluated by a physician. Certain foods may cause or aggravate your symptoms and should be avoided. Following the below guidelines will help reduce or eliminate discomfort.


  • Reduces symptoms and discomfort associated with acid reflux, heartburn and GERD

Food Recommendations

Although the development of acid reflux, heartburn and GERD cannot be prevented, its symptoms and effects can be reversed or controlled with a special diet. As with any special diet, there are certain foods to avoid, and there are others that work with the body to maintain a healthy, balanced digestive system.

Foods To Avoid

  • Acidic fruits and their juices: oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and cranberries
  • Fried and fatty foods:  french fries and potato chips
  • Tomato based foods:  spaghetti sauce, pizza, salsa and chili
  • Fatty meats:  ground beef, chicken nuggets and hot dogs
  • Chocolate
  • Hi-fat dairy products: sour cream
  • Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
  • Spicy foods
  • Mint flavorings

Safe Foods

  • Low-acidity fruits:  apples and bananas
  • Vegetables: broccoli, peas, green beans, carrots
  • Lean meats
  • Fat-free dairy products