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Foods That Make Your Heartburn Worse

By Sara Butler

Heartburn impacts the lives of millions of Americans. If you’re one of them, then you know just how terrible heartburn can be. There are some things you can do to help make your heartburn better, and watching what you eat is a big part of controlling the issue. Here are some foods you should just say no to if you suffer from heartburn.

Coffee and Tea

Sorry about this one, but it’s the truth. Caffeine can make heartburn much worse, so if you have heartburn and need a pick me up, then you need to find another source. The reason why caffeine is such a problem for heartburn sufferers is that it relaxes the sphincter in your lower esophagus that usually keeps your stomach acid from traveling back up.

Salad Dressings

This one might just surprise you, but salad dressing is a big heartburn culprit. The high fat content in salad dressing can give you heartburn while you’re eating the salad. If you want to have a salad but don’t want it to wreak havoc, then keep the dressing on the side and use your fork to dip into it before you spear the vegetables. This can help you to reduce the amount of salad dressing you eat which can hopefully reduce your heartburn.

French Fries

Foods that are fried are high in fat, and they are huge heartburn harbingers. They can cause heartburn or make existing symptoms you’re experiencing worse. If you really have to have some French fries, then you should try making your own at home in the oven instead of the deep fryer.


This list just keeps getting less and less fun, huh? Well, if you suffer from heartburn. then it’s in your best interest to skip happy hour too. Alcohol can cause acid reflux by relaxing the muscles in the esophagus that keep the stomach juices sealed up tight. If these muscles relax, then it’ll be heartburn city for you in no time.


Even the heart-healthy dark version of this treat can be a disaster for you if you suffer from heartburn. Chocolate contains a lot of fat, plus it’s high in caffeine. Both of these things together create a perfect acid reflux storm for you. Fatty foods take a long time to digest, so if you have to have some chocolate, then have just a tiny bit so you don’t have a bunch sitting in your stomach making you wish you hadn’t eaten it!

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