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GERD sufferers: take this shopping list with you to the grocery store.

One way to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is through changes in diet and nutrition.  Of course, this approach must be discussed with your doctor before attempting to put into place on your own.  While making changes in your diet may be extremely helpful for some it can also be challenging.   Many are not sure what foods are “safe” to eat and end up wandering aimlessly in the grocery store on their shopping trips.

Below is a list that we have put together of foods which have been shown to be suitable for GERD sufferers.   The best practice is to “test” certain foods and see how your body reacts to them.  Everyone will react differently to different foods.  Keeping a food journal with details of what you’ve had to eat or drink can help you keep track of what affects your reflux.   Write down everything that you’ve had to eat or drink along with what time of the day and if you’ve had any symptoms from the food or drink.

When grocery shopping, consider the size of the item you are buying.  Another easy way to reduce your acid reflux or GERD is to reduce portion sizes.   Eating smaller meals has proven to reduce episodes of GERD.

GERD Grocery Shopping List

Apple- juice, dried or fresh

Banana

Pears

Potato

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots

Celery

Corn

Beans

Lentils

Mushrooms

Parsnips

Peas

Spinach

Kale

Squash

Green beans

Brown Rice

Multi-grain or whole wheat bread

Bran Cereal

Oatmeal

Corn Bread

Graham Crackers

Pretzels

Rice cakes

Feta cheese

Goat cheese

Fat-free cream cheese

Fat-free sour cream

Low-fat soy cheese

Skim milk

Egg substitute

Egg whites

Skinless chicken breast

Extra lean steak

Extra lean ground beef

Salmon

Fish – no added fat

Ginger

Honey

Basil

Cilantro

Chamomile tea

 

 

As always, consult your doctor before making any lifestyle changes.

 

These suggestions are for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 

Sources:

Magee, Elaine. “Heartburn: Foods to Avoid.” WebMD, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/heartburn-foods-to-avoid#1.

Johnson, Jon. “Diet Tips for GERD: Foods to Eat and Avoid.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314690.php.

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