Is Melon/Cantaloupe Good For Acid Reflux

Question

Asked by rossitza banova

Is Melon/cantelope Good For Acid Reflux?

What fruits and vegetables are OK and which are not OK for acid reflux?

Answer

Hi rossitza!

There is a good posting here about things that you can do to help in dealing with Acid Reflux. Some of the things to avoid and things that might be beneficial.

People with heartburn should first try lifestyle and dietary changes. In one study, 44% of patients who experienced symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) reported improvement after changing their diet. Some suggestions are the following:

  • People with heartburn should avoid or reduce consumption of foods and beverages that contain caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, spearmint, and alcohol. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee increase acid secretion.
  • All carbonated drinks increase the risk for GERD.
  • Although physicians often advise patients with GERD to cut down on fatty foods, studies are finding no evidence that a low-fat or high-fat meal make any difference in symptom exacerbation. Better studies are needed to confirm this. In any case, as a rule, it is always wise to avoid saturated fats (which are from animal products), and cut down on all fats if one is overweight.
  • Increasing protein may help strengthen muscles in the muscle valve. Patients should choose low-fat or skim dairy products, poultry, or fish, in such cases.
  • Whole grain products rich in selenium may have some protective role against dangerous cells changes in Barrett's esophagus.
  • Patients should have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, although avoid acidic vegetables and fruits (e.g., oranges, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple**, tomatoes).

There is a discussion about pineapple where Dr. Eisner suggests it is actually good for you because it has an enzyme that promotes digestion.

There is also a section here that has information about diet, acid reflux friendly meals and preventative steps you can take.

Take care and do stay in touch. Let us know how you are doing!

Vicki M