Eating to Eliminate Heartburn

12. 05. 2016

People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are encouraged to eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet to promote healthy digestion and manage their symptoms. But is fat really the dietary villain we’ve made it out to be? New research says maybe not.

A 16-week study published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics evaluated the impact that a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet had on GERD patients. The study participants included 144 obese women between the ages of 21 and 50. Subjects were given clear instructions for their diet, including menu plans and the mixes of fats to include in their foods. The diet consisted of 35 percent carbohydrate, 48 percent fat and 17 percent protein.

Just 10 weeks into the study, researchers noted that GERD symptoms had diminished and patients no longer needed to continue medications. Interestingly, researchers noted that with each additional teaspoon of simple carbohydrate, GERD symptoms increased as well (Source: Miami Herald).

While the idea of a high-fat diet may sound enticing, don’t reach for that greasy bacon double cheeseburger just yet. Healthy sources of fat, such as avocadoes, nuts, whole eggs, and cheeses are much better choices for your weight and your digestive system.

If you continue to experience unwanted digestive symptoms and fat doesn’t seem to be the culprit, try taking a look at your intake of simple carbohydrates. This includes:

  • Sugar
  • White flour
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Cookies and cakes
  • Soda
  • White bread

Decreasing your intake of sugar and other simple carbohydrates may help to alleviate your acid reflux symptoms, and it will improve your health overall.

 

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