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 Acidic Foods to Avoid

  Last Updated : Oct 20,2018

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38 Acidic Foods to Avoid, Acid Reflex Foods to Avoid

What's Acidity?
Acidity is a form of indigestion in which there is accumulation of acid leading to a burning sensation in the stomach and the digestive tract. The stomach periodically produces acid to aid digestion. It is when we don't eat at regular intervals or are excessively stressed the stomach produces more acids which harms our body.

What causes Acidity?
'Hurry, worry and curry', in other words: eating in haste, stress and spicy foods are the primary causes of acidity. Besides these, given below are some of the other causes for acidity.

  What causes Acidity?
1. Irregular Meals
2. Excessive consumption of oily and spicy foods
3. Stress
4. Over eating especially before going to bed
5. Bad posture after meals
6. Excessive alcohol consumption

Are you a victim to acidity? Find out here....
Yes, you might be, if you have the following symptoms....

  Symptoms of Acidity
1. Burning sensation in the digestive tract
2. Headache
3. Sour burps
4. Dizziness due to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels)

Food Guide for Acidity

Listed below is the list of acidic and alkaline foods, which will help to make your food choices very simple. These foods are classified on the basis of their acidic or alkaline nature, however there are certain foods that are acidic in nature but on digestion form alkali in our body and do not cause or aggravate acidity.

So if you suffer from acidity quite often try to avoid or restrict acidic foods (as given in the table below) whereas alkaline foods can be eaten freely. Although these foods are classified for you to make wise choices, the reaction of each food is very individualistic and vary from person to person hence pick up foods that suit you the best and help you keep away from acidity.

Acidic Foods to be Limited or Avoided, Acid Reflux Foods to be Avoided

1. Coffee 20. Noodles
2. Alcohol 22. Rawa
3. Vinegar 23. Maida
4. Aerated Beverages 24. Poha
5. Spicy Foods 25. Cheese
6. MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate) 26. Paneer
7. Idlis, (Fermented Foods) 27. Mayonnaise
8. Dosas, (Fermented Foods) 28. Butter
9. Appams, (Fermented Foods) 29. Walnuts
10. Rasgulla 30. Peanuts
11. Gulab Jamun 31. Processed Fruit Juices
12. Chikki 32. Canned Fruits
13. Pedas 33. Tuvar Dal
14. Ladoo 34. Soybeans
15. Sugar 35. Besan
16. Artificial Sweeteners 36. Rice
17. Eggs 37. Cooked Spinach
18. Bread 38. Oats
19. Pasta    

Ease your Acidity for NOW and FOREVER

Identifying and avoiding the causative factors are essential in the treatment of acidity. A suitable diet must be strictly followed avoiding spicy, salty and acidic foods. Plenty of fresh air, exercise, a relaxed mind and the correct foods does wonders to relive acidity. Work on soothing your body and mind for this is just the best way to keep acidity at bay. Here are a few general guidelines to keep acidity at bay.

• Eat in a calm and stress-free environment. Avoid irregular and hurried meals.

• Regular eating habits and a healthy diet can prevent acidity. Do not remain hungry for a long time and don't overeat at the same time. Both are root causes of acidity.

• Avoid eating outside too frequent as the outside foods cause acidity.

• Eat small and frequent meals as small amount of food each time would exert less workload on the stomach and therefore release less acid secretion for digestion.

• Have plenty of raw foods, salads and juices. Their alkaline nature helps avoid acidity.

• Too spicy food is sure to cause that burning sensation. So it's better avoided.

• Restrict the consumption of oil to minimal. Avoid fried foods as these foods remain in the stomach longer and hence more acid is secreted for their digestion, which is the cause of acidity.

• Milk, curds and paneer (cottage cheese) have an individual effect. To some they are cooling and help overcome acidity whereas some feel they aggravate acidity. So you need to make your choice.

• Restrict the excess consumption of pulses like rajma, moong etc. if they cause gas and then acidity or have them in combination with other alkaline foods like veggies.

• Sprouts, though alkaline can be gas forming for some if consumed in large quantities and usually for dinner (late), hence avoid their consumption if you feel bloated after having them or have them occasionally and during the day.

• Drink plenty of water (at least 6 to 8 glasses per day) and other fluids to maintain the acid balance in the stomach. Have 3 to 4 glasses of buttermilk everyday if you can handle it, as it is said to be 'God's Nectar' a great reliever of acidity.

• Have your evening meals at least two to three hours before going to bed.

• Maintain upright position during and at least 45 minutes after eating each meal to enhance digestion.

• Exercise or meditate at least 15 to 20 minutes in the morning to reduce stress.

• Stop smoking and cut down on alcohol.

Foods that Heal Acidity

Though antacids provide immediate relief of symptoms by neutralizing the excess acid secretion, excessive and frequent consumption of medications can have ill effects on health. Mother nature provides us with number of foods that can work wonders for acidity; here are a few kitchen remedies that are sure to ease your discomfort...

Lemon: Juice of one lemon mixed in half glass of water and ½ teaspoon sugar if consumed before meals helps to relieve acidity.

Vegetable juices: Juices of vegetables like carrot, cucumber, radish or beetroot help to balance the acid in the stomach due to their alkaline nature. Feel free to add a pinch of salt and pepper to enhance the flavour of these juices.

Mint (phudina): Fresh mint juice taken every day or fresh mint leaves boiled in a cup of water and sipped slowly after meals also helps to keep the stomach acids at bay. Turn to Minty Green Peas and Cabbage Paratha.

Onion (pyaz): The juice of onions is an excellent remedy for acidity. Have them in salads with your meals or alternatively, you can also try a whole wheat flour or jowar rotis made with onions as done in the recipe of Jowar Pyaz ki Roti and Pyazwali Bhindi.

Kokum: Sherbet made with kokum and perked with jeera is excellent in keeping acidity at bay.

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Coffee is acidic in nature due to the presence of organic acid content. Coffee promotes gastro-esophageal reflux by decreasing the pressure in the lower esophageal sphincter. It stimulates gall bladder contraction and colonic motor activity. it is not the caffeine content that causes acidity as both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee exacerbate gastroesophaeal reflux.
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Basta is a processed product and processed products tend to cause acid reflux. Being a refined carbohydrate pastas can lead to heartburn.
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Gulab jamuns are first fried and then dipped into sugar syrup. Fried foods and fatty foods tend to sit in the stomach for a long time and are hard to digest properly. As a result, this can trigger surplus acid production. The high sugar content is also responsible for inflammation and heartburn.
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Naturally, peanut does not create acid reflux. However, it is a rich source of fat content, people suffering from other health problems may experience acid reflux symptoms. Peanut chikki is sweetened and this causes heartburn.
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Idli is a fermented food product and can generate increased acidity in the stomach causing heartburn or similar issues like frequent burps, bloating, cramps, nausea or vomiting.
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Rasgulla is loaded with sugar. High sugar diet causes inflammatory responses in the body. High sugar diets cause heartburn.
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Soyabeans are difficult to digest and can cause gas, bloating and general discomfort. Fermented forms of soy, such as miso, tempeh or soy sauce are more easily digested than non-fermented soy foods.
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Appam is a fermented food product and can generate increased acidity in the stomach causing heartburn or similar issues like frequent burps, bloating, cramps, nausea or vomiting.
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Bread can cause heartburn because it is highly processed refined carbohydrate and loaded with sodium. Both of which are responsible for increasing acidity in the stomach.
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Sugar and artificial sweeteners, both are the cause of inflammation and can lead to over-eating, fast eating and weight gain. Sugar triggers heartburn.
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Dosa is a fermented food product and can generate increased acidity in the stomach causing heartburn or similar issues like frequent burps, bloating, cramps, nausea or vomiting.
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Mayonnaise is made up of oil. Fatty foods tend to sit in the stomach for a long time and are hard to digest properly. As a result, this can trigger surplus acid production.
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Nuts like walnuts are rich in fats. And can cause heartburn because fat slows down the emptying of the stomach.
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Acidic Foods to Avoid
 on 29 Jan 18 12:05 PM

True victim of acidity i am. The causes of this is my own mistake of having excess intake of Chikki, coffee, south Indian fermented snacks, bread and cheesy foods. The graph of acidity problem gone downward since I started following the notes given here. I have made it mandatory to have either Lemon juice, raw vegetable salad, mint, Onion juice etc in my daily meals and cut down the intake loads of sweets, cheese, coffee etc. Exercise, change in easy fooding helps me lots. Thanks to Tarla Dalal team.