Holiday Trigger Foods to Avoid during the Holidays

12. 19. 2016

Pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, rum balls, and a tall glass of eggnog. It might sound like the perfect recipe for holiday cheer, but for millions of Americans, it’s a recipe for disaster. Rich, fatty foods – which are the staple of every holiday spread – can set the stage for a night full of heartburn and indigestion.

We all want to indulge in the flavors of the season, but we don’t want the painful digestive symptoms that come with it. Luckily, you don’t have to choose. Using heartburn-friendly substitutes in your holiday baking is an easy way to make your dishes flavorful and heartburn-free. See which heartburn trigger foods made our “naughty” list this year, and find out which heartburn friendly substitutes are on the “nice” list:

Naughty: Onions and garlic

  • Nice: Dehydrated or powdered onions and garlic – It’s hard to replace the unique flavors of onions and garlic in your holiday baking, but as it turns out, you may not have to. Dehydrated or powdered versions tend to be less irritating to the stomach and are more easily tolerated by GERD sufferers.

Naughty: Milk Chocolate

  • Nice: Dark chocolate – The sweeter the chocolate, the more likely it is to cause reflux (Source: Everyday Health). This makes dark chocolate a safer choice for reflux sufferers, as long as you don’t go overboard. Chocolate is high in fat and contains caffeine, which can still cause problems. Limit yourself to just one or two small squares and enjoy it slowly.

Naughty: Fried foods

  • Nice: Grilled, poached or roasted – Battering and deep frying foods can double or even triple the amount of fat and calories. Foods that are high in fat take longer to digest and are more likely to cause reflux. Limit the fat content by grilling, poaching or roasting your main holiday dishes.

Naughty: Dairy products

  • Nice: Low-fat dairy – Full-fat cheeses, sour cream, milk, and yogurt may trigger heartburn symptoms in some individuals. Opt for low-fat or fat-free alternatives in your holiday baking to make it more heartburn-friendly.

Naughty: Peppermint

  • Nice: Basil – This aromatic herb has a subtle peppery and minty flavor that works well in sweet dishes, and it won’t trigger unwanted digestive symptoms.

Naughty: Alcohol

  • Nice: Sparkling cider – Alcohol relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle that prevents stomach acid from splashing into the esophagus. Instead of the traditional glass of red wine or champagne, enjoy a glass of sparkling cider for your holiday toasts.


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