Diet for GERD Patients

Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be improved by eating certain foods and can be made worse by eating others. The diet for GERD patients is similar to any other heart-healthy diet, but it also involves:
  • Understanding foods known to worsen GERD symptoms
  • Avoiding the foods that worsens your symptoms
  • Changing when and how much you eat
  • If you are overweight, losing weight.
Patients following a diet for GERD should choose a wide variety of low-calorie, nutritious foods in moderate amounts. This should include lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk, as well as fish, lean meat, poultry, or dry beans. Also, choose foods that are low in fat and added sugars.
Certain types of food can cause acid reflux or make it worse. If you are on the diet for GERD patients, you may want to avoid:
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint
  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Tomato products
  • Foods and drinks that contain caffeine
  • Alcoholic beverages.
(Click GERD Diet for a more detailed list of foods that can cause your GERD symptoms to flare up.)


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