15 Foods to Avoid with Acid Reflux (List)


As far as fruits that could potentially trigger the symptoms of GERD goes, grapefruit is high on the list — higher than oranges. Citric acid can relax the LES, triggering heartburn, and grapefruit has a more concentrated amount. That said, the grapefruit is a healthy fruit outside of the acidic content. Most would recommend grapefruit juice for those who are diabetic or prediabetic. It’s capable of helping you control your blood sugar content overall.

However, it can cause issues when it comes to the bioavailability of the body. Bioavailability refers to the body’s ability to metabolize certain substances, particularly drugs. Have you ever wondered why you aren’t allowed to drink grapefruit juice when you’re taking medication? Taking grapefruit juice increases bioavailability, which strengthens the effects of certain drugs. It is entirely possible to take heightened dosages of the same medication if you had grapefruit juice before the fact.

Overall, grapefruit should be avoided if you suffer from GER or GERD. Despite its list of health benefits, grapefruit is not the optimal choice for those susceptible to acid reflux.