Low-Acid Fruits for Acid Reflux
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. | Aug 18th 2016
A diagnosis of acid reflux no longer means saying goodbye to all of your favorite fruits. These super foods are an important part of a healthy diet. Fruits are usually low in fat and rich in the sort of fiber that can protect against acid reflux.
Look for a Higher pH
If you have acid reflux, it may be best to choose fruits that are more basic and less acidic. In chemistry, pH is a measure of how acidic or basic something is. When choosing fruits, the higher the pH, the better.
Bananas are one of Mother Nature’s original fast foods. They are easy to digest, high in potassium and are less acidic than many other fruits. For example, bananas come in around 5.0 on the pH scale. (Grapes come in around 4.0.)
The benefits of coconuts are becoming more widely understood. (For example, the fat in coconuts is, generally speaking, a “healthy” fat.) Coconuts have also been credited with improving brain function and protecting against heart disease and stroke. They are one of the least acidic fruits.
Dates and Figs
Dates and figs are also relatively low-acid. Years ago, these fruits were often served after dinner like candy because of their natural sweetness. Today, dates and figs can add sweetness to baked goods, smoothies or granola.
Watermelons and cantaloupes are super high in vitamins and super low in calories. They are also high on the pH scale, meaning that they are relatively low in acid.
Papayas are low in acid and offer a taste of the tropics. They are also packed with carotenes and vitamin C. If your grocery does not carry fresh papaya, you can usually find it cut up and frozen, or dried and packaged.
It is important that you slowly test which fruits work well with your unique digestive system. Acid reflux can be complicated and is usually the result of myriad factors, not just the ingestion of one food group.