Health Watch - Heartburn: Trouble Foods

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some of the causes, treatments and dangers of heartburn. Previously, we discussed that what you eat can make heartburn more likely. What are the danger foods?

Although it would seem like spicy foods would be more likely to cause the burning sensation of heartburn, it’s actually fatty foods that are more likely to be a problem. Dr. Stuart Spechler, a digestive specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the sad thing is that anything that tastes really good is likely to cause heartburn. That’s because of the fat content. Fat keeps the stomach from emptying well and affects the way the valve that keeps acid from leaving the stomach works. Chocolate is another common culprit.

Eating or drinking milder foods, like milk, isn’t likely to help matters because any food added to the stomach will only stimulate the production of more stomach acid. If a food gives you heartburn, avoid that food if you want to avoid heartburn.

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February 2011


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