Food Tips for Heartburn

In general, fried, fatty and spicy foods can cause acid reflux to flare up. However, everyone is different. It’s important to keep track of foods that trigger heartburn for you so you can avoid or consume them in minimal amounts.

Foods Unlikely to Trigger Heartburn

  • Apple juice
  • Apple, fresh or dried
  • Banana
  • Baked potato
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Ground beef, extra-lean
  • Steak, London Broil
  • Chicken breast, skinless
  • Rice, brown or white
  • Egg whites
  • Egg substitute
  • Fish, no added fat
  • Feta or goat cheese,
  • Fat-free cream cheese
  • Fat-free sour cream
  • Low-fat soy cheese
  • Bread, mult-grain or white
  • Corn bread
  • Cereal, bran or oatmeal
  • Graham crackers
  • Baked potato chips
  • Pretzels
  • Rice cakes
  • Fat-free cookies
  • Jellybeans
  • Red licorice

Foods that may cause heartburn and should be eaten in moderation

  • Low-acid orange juice
  • Apple cider
  • Peach
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Dried cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Ketchup
  • Cooked onion
  • Scallions
  • Leeks
  • Sauerkraut
  • Ground beef, lean
  • Chicken salad
  • Scrambled eggs in butter
  • Fried eggs
  • Fried fish
  • Tuna salad
  • Hot dog, beef or pork
  • Ham
  • Yogurt
  • 2 percent or skim milk
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Muffin
  • Granola cereal
  • Low-fat cookies
  • Cola
  • Root beer
  • Beer
  • Non-alcoholic beer
  • Non-alcoholic wine

Foods to Avoid

  • Orange juice
  • Lemonade
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lemon
  • Tomatoes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • French fries
  • Raw onion
  • Ground beef, chuck
  • Marbled sirloin
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Buffalo wings
  • Sour cream
  • Milkshakes
  • Ice cream
  • Regular cottage cheese
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pasta with tomato, cream or butter based sauce
  • Creamy salad dressing,
  • Oil & vinegar salad dressing,
  • Chocolate
  • High-fat cookies
  • Brownies
  • Doughnuts
  • Corn chips
  • Regular potato chips
  • Coffee, decaffeinated or regular
  • Tea, decaffeinated or regular
  • Liquor
  • Wine