Acid Reflux Sufferers Guide To Dining Out In Restaurants

Making better food choices for people with acid reflux

If you have acid reflux you probably know that certain foods can make your reflux symptoms worse. Just to name a few: Spicy foods, fatty foods,acidic fruits, high fat dairy, fast foods, alcohol, carbonated drinks. When it comes to dining out, you can have control over your acid reflux flare-ups if you know what to avoid and what to ask for. When you ask how the food is prepared, avoid certain beverages, and watch portion sizes, you can help prevent the heartburn. That being said, dining out at Italian, Chinese or Mexican restaurants may be more of a challenge, since food at these restaurants have more ingredients that can cause acid reflux. It is possible to dine in these restaurants if you know what to avoid.

Know what to ask for: If you are going to order meat, fish, chicken or pork, ask if the meat is fried, tell them you would like it grilled instead. Ask if the food is prepared with gravy or a sauce, if so, ask if they have a low fat subsitute or skip the sauce all together. It is also a good idea to ask yourself if the food you are about to order is one of your trigger foods. This can vary somewhat from person to person. If you are not sure what your trigger foods are, keep a record for about 1 week so that you can make the association as to what causes the reflux flare-up.

WHAT FOODS TO AVOID IN RESTAURANTS:

Fried foods, such as fried fish, fried chicken,burgers,fried chicken wings or hot wings

High fat side dishes, such as french fries, fried onion rings

Foods made in oil or butter

High fat gravies, sauces, mayonaise, and high fat salad dressings

Chili

Cream soups

Peppers

Onions

Foods with a lot of extra cheese

Tomato based foods and sauces,ketchup

Citrus fruits

Citrus drinks, orange juice and lemonade

Alcoholic beverages

Caffeinated beverages

Chocolate

WHAT FOODS ARE BETTER:

Lean cuts of meat

White meat

Grilled foods

Sandwiches with chicken, turkey, lean roast beef on whole grain bread

Baked potatoes topped with low-fat salad dressing

Steamed vegetables

Broth based soups

Low fat or no fat salad dressing

Lighter desserts, such as angel food cake, no whipped cream

MEXICAN RESTAURANTS

WHAT TO AVOID:

Chimichangas

Chorizo

Refried beans

Cheese and sour cream toppings

Fried tortilla chips and taco shells

Salsa, tomatoes and onions

Chile peppers

Mole sauce

Rich deserts like flan

Margaritas and sangria

WHAT IS BETTER:

Grilled chicken or fish

Fajitas

Low fat refried beans and rice

Tortillas

Mild guacamole on flour tortilla

Burritos

Broth based soups

ITALIAN RESTAURANTS

WHAT TO AVOID:

Foods with garlic and spices

Pizza toppings such as sausage, pepperoni, extra cheese, hot peppers

Oli based salad dressings

Tomato or cream sauces

Antipastos

Parmigiana

Carbonara

WHAT IS BETTER:

Veal, chicken,grilled fish or meat

Dishes with little cheese

Pasta in broth based sauce

Pasta primavera without sauce

Vegetables without garlic

Minestrone soup or fagioli soups

Pizza with little sauce and cheese

CHINESE RESTAURANTS

WHAT TO AVOID:

Sweet and sour dishes

Breaded or fried foods

Ribs

Egg rolls

Crispy deep-fried noodles

Sauces thickened with butter and eggs

Hot and sour soup

WHAT IS BETTER:

Dishes made with vegetables in a light sauce

Stir-fried or steamed dishes with light wine or lobster sauces

Steamed dumplings

Wonton soup

Brown rice

Sauces thickened with broth or corn starch

Fortune cookies

Remember that portion control is just as important as what you consume, over-eating causes more acid production. These tips will help minimize your acid reflux flare-ups.

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7 months ago

honestly what is the point of going out to chinese/mexican/italian after seeing the 'to avoid' list? There is no point. Anything on the "okay foods" list is going to be something they don't make very often because no one goes to their restaurants to get that stuff. They run out of spices to use except buckets of salt. So yeah, you can "eat out" at a restaurant, you just can't actually eat anything that has a chance of tasting good, and you get to sit there while everyone else around you orders all the stuff you really want. Super fun.

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