Acid Reflux Strangely Caused by This FoodWe know that alcohol and spicy food increase the severity of acid reflux.

A study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology has just added another Food type to avoid.

One you would never guess.

The researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville wanted to find out how carbohydrates affected acid reflux.

And not just the amount of carbohydrates but also the type, i.e., simple (like sugar) vs. complicated (like fiber or wholewheat).

They recruited 98 veterans with symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and divided them into four groups, based on the amount and type of carbohydrates they consume:

- high total carbohydrates and high simple carbohydrates
- high total carbohydrates and low simple carbohydrates
- low total carbohydrates and high simple
- low total carbohydrates and low simple

They put their subject on a low carbohydrates diet for nine weeks.

At the beginning of the study and again at the end, the researchers measured the pH of their subjects’ stomach openings and their number of reflux episodes over 24 hours.

In addition, they gave them two GERD questionnaires to assess their GERD symptoms.

This is what they found after nine weeks:

Dietary carbohydrates had a clear effect on the amount of time the subjects’ esophaguses were exposed to acid and the number of reflux episodes they experienced.

The high total–low simple group experienced the largest improvement in acid exposure and number of reflux episodes.

This proved it was not the amount but the type of carbohydrate that had an effect on GERD.

The subjects in all of the groups reported an improvement in symptoms, including heartburn frequency, heartburn severity, chest and throat pain, and sleep disturbances.

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