Low-Acid Fruits for Acid Reflux

by Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Writer

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: easy to digest, high in nutrients

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.


Coconuts: one of the least acidic fruits

The advantages of eating coconuts are becoming more widely understood. Coconuts have been linked to some health benefits, including improving brain function and protecting against heart disease and stroke. They are one of the least acidic fruits.


Dates and figs: naturally sweet

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.


Melons: potentially safe to eat if you have acid reflux

Watermelons and cantaloupes are high in vitamins and super low in calories. They're also high on the pH scale, meaning that they're relatively low in acid.


Papaya: healthy taste of warmer climates

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.


Berries: delicious, nutritious, plus low acid content

Berries are nutritional powerhouses, with some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruit. And they can be high in Ph, too, and potentially tolerated if you have acid reflux — especially blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Tip: buy strawberries organic, because they topped the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables in 2018.


Nectarines and peaches: high in antioxidants

Both nectarines and peaches are packed with essential vitamins and antioxidant properties. They're high in Ph, too, making them potentially tolerable if you have acid reflux. Both are best bought organic if possible.


Next steps if you have acid reflux

It's 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 of factors, not just the ingestion of one food group.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
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Davenport is the founder of Tracyshealthyliving.com. Using the latest scientific research, she helps people live their healthiest lives via one-on-one coaching, corporate talks, and sharing the more than 1,000 health-related articles she's authored.