It’s Not Just Spicy Foods: Certain Fruits Can Trigger Heartburn, Too
According to Dr. Soma Mandal, MD — a board-certified internist and women's health specialist at Summit Medical Group in Berkeley Heights, NJ — citric fruits like oranges, tomatoes, lemons, pineapples have the potential to trigger heartburn due to their high levels of citric acid. "These types of food can increase stomach acidity and cause more heartburn," Dr. Mandal adds.
伯克利高地顶峰医疗集团(Summit Medical Group)的董事会认证内科医生和妇女健康专家索玛·曼达尔(Soma Mandal)博士表示，新泽西州的柑橘类水果，如橙子、西红柿、柠檬和菠萝，由于柠檬酸含量高，有可能引发胃灼热。曼达尔博士补充说：“这类食物会增加胃酸，导致更多胃灼热。”
But citrus isn't the only plant-based item linked to heartburn.
"Chocolate contains a compound called methylxanthine, which relaxes the muscle in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and allows stomach acidity to rise," Dr. Mandal says. "Similarly, caffeine, mints, garlic/onions causes acid reflux by relaxing the muscle in the LES and causes stomach acidity to rise."
However, it's important to note that heartburn triggers can differ from person to person — citrus fruits or garlic might not bother someone else at all. Dr. Mandal points to spicy foods as another example. So, if you find that a specific food triggers your heartburn, be sure to listen to your body and bring it up to your doctor.
Dr. Mandal also recommends "limiting the amount of foods that can trigger heartburn, particularly if you are prone to developing heartburn after eating certain foods."
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