Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD is a common cause of heartburn and acid indigestion. Today we are going to talk about a classic GERD trigger: greasy, fried or spicy food. You’ve probably been there – after eating the greasy, spicy pizza, you KNOW you will have trouble. The reason is these types of foods actually trigger excess stomach acid production. And too much acid means discomfort for you!
When you’re at home, you are much more in control of what you’re eating, but eating out or traveling can be a problem. Here are a few tips to help you be successful when you’re eating out:
1) Look at the Menu Before You Leave the House. Most restaurants post their menu at their website. Take some time to review it before you leave so you are prepared to make good choices when you order. Try soups, salad, or sandwiches. Try the grilled fish or chicken instead of the fried. Get the side salad instead of the French fries.
2) Have it Your Way. Don’t be afraid to ask for your food to be specially prepared. Would they broil the fish? Leave the sauce on the side? Substitute a second vegetable? There are many reasons people ask for a special preparation and most restaurants are willing to accommodate.
3) Offer to Bring Something if You’re a Guest. The next time you’re visiting friends or family, offer to bring the salad or a side dish. That way, you’ll know there will be at least one offering you can eat worry-free.
And finally, just because you bake it doesn’t mean it’s not greasy. Frozen foods like chicken nuggets, tater tots and fish sticks are fried before they get to you. Frozen pizza or lasagna can be greasy from the cheese. Even if you only bake them at home, the fried, greasy coating can still trigger GERD.
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