If you are one of those poor souls who suffer from heartburn whatever you eat, you know what hell eating can be. You never know what will trigger your heartburn and that awful burning in the throat and stomach and sour taste in your mouth. Going out for a nice dinner scares you because it will probably end up with a sleepless night since your heartburn is even worse if you lay down. You know that antacids provide some relief, but that the trick is simply to avoid foods which cause heartburn.
There are some foods that you absolutely have to give up. The most common heartburn triggers are acidic foods, greasy foods, caffeine, chocolate, spicy foods, onion and alcohol. These triggers cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus to stay open and to allow stomach acid to back up, causing discomfort and pain associated with heartburn.
There are some dishes that combine more than one heartburn trigger and if you suffer from heartburn, they are totally forbidden for you unless you want to punish yourself for your gluttony. Let”s mention a few popular dishes that should not be on your menu any more:
Pizza: This popular pie normally has a topping made of tomato, cheese, oil, spices, onion, some kind of meat like pepperoni and many other ingredients. Although undoubtedly delicious, pizza often causes indigestion even in the healthiest people. If you are suffering from heartburn, pizza is a sure recipe for disaster. Fortunately, there are different kinds of pizzas. If you simply refuse to live life without pizza (or your mother or mother in law is Italian and you cannot say no), you can have a pizza that will not make you suffer. That pizza has to be made without tomato sauce, oil and cheese. It should not have any onion, garlic or spices. If this kind of pizza is not at all appetizing for you, try eating your favorite pizza but sticking to one small slice only, and hope for the best.
Fried chicken: America runs on fried chicken. It is probably the most popular fast-food dish. Drenched in spices, breaded and then deep fried, it is spicy and greasy and absolutely delicious, especially combined with fries and Coke. But you know what happens every time you eat fried chicken: painful flare-up of heartburn. You will just have to stick to grilled chicken and go light on the spices. Deep fried food is off limits if you want to avoid heartburn.