Foods that can trigger heartburn

Heartburn affects millions of people every day. However, it can be completely eradicated if certain triggers of acid reflux are eliminated from the diet.

Vasudha Bhat
Exercise & FitnessWritten by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Sep 19, 2017
Foods that can trigger heartburn

Who hasn’t for at least once experienced that fiery sensation in the lower part of chest after eating something? And, even worse can be that sudden outburst of acid in the throat and mouth that can last for several minutes follows the cruel heartburn.

Millions of people suffer from acid reflux every day. But, the good news is that by avoiding several foods you can largely prevent heartburn. We have listed down some of them for you here.

Tangy citrus fruits

Tangy fruits that contain citrus are the most common foods which cause heartburn. Their highly acidic nature causes heartburn, especially when eaten on an empty stomach.


People who are vulnerable to acid reflux must completely avoid tomatoes. Despite containing healthy nutrients like lycopene, tomatoes can be a wrong choice for people who are prone to heartburn.

Garlic and onion

Some people with regular acid refluxes do not do well with garlic or onion. If you wish to avoid heartburn completely, maintain a food log which contains the list of foods you had and how many of those foods caused heartburn.

Spicy foods

Foods like pepper and chilies are some of the most common triggers of heartburn. If each time you eat spicy food, you have an acid reflux, eliminate such items from your diet completely for a while. Then slowly include foods with milder spices.


Eating peppermint can increase the likeliness of heartburn as it relaxes the sphincter muscle, which is located between stomach and esophagus. This allows the acids in your stomach to flow back into the esophagus.


Your favourite cocktail can be a trigger of a painful heartburn, especially when you have it along with a large meal. A plain glass of wine may not cause a damaging effect. But, when you gulp it after having a bowl full of your favourite red sauce pasta, it could be a lethal combination for your stomach.