If you have been suffering from acid reflux for some time, it’s likely that you’ve developed a sense of which foods make the problem worse.
A new study published in the Journal of the Formosan Medical Association pinpoints how cutting out just one specific food item can drastically reduce, even eliminate, heartburn.
And you probably didn’t expect it to be this particular item.
12 people with gastroesophageal reflux disease, an average age of 52 years, and a healthy body weight were given two liquid meals, one for lunch and one for dinner.
Meal A consisted of 500 ml of liquid containing 474.4 calories with 10.4 grams protein, 10.4 grams fat, and 84.8 grams carbohydrate.
Meal B also consisted of 500 ml of liquid but contained 850.4 calories with 10.4 grams protein, 10.4 grams fat, and 178.8 grams carbohydrate.
Three days before the study, the participants were given an endoscopy to examine their esophaguses and their esophageal sphincters (the valve that is meant to prevent reflux of stomach acid into your esophagus).
Throughout the study, they wore a pH probe with pH sensors connected to a digital recorder to test the level of acid in their esophaguses.
With all this information available, they could see that, compared with the lower-carbohydrate meal, the higher-carbohydrate meal caused:
1. A longer total reflux time
2. More periods of constant reflux
3. More reflux periods longer than five minutes, and
4. More heartburn sensation and acid regurgitation.
Therefore, to relieve your symptoms, you should eat lower quantities of carbohydrates.