8 Holiday Foods to Avoid if You Have Acid Reflux

The holidays are a time of friends, family, and indulging in feasts, treats, and goodies. If you have acid reflux, however, the holidays can be a time of pain and discomfort. Here are 8 foods you should avoid over the holidays to dodge heartburn and enjoy your time with loved ones.

1.Halloween Candy

You might still have stashes of Halloween candy lying around during the holidays. Because many types of candy are acidic, especially chocolate, try to curb those urges and opt for a healthier snack like salad, oatmeal, or banana.


Gravy might be delicious – but it’s also greasy and high in fat. As good as gravy might be, try to avoid it completely.

3.Cranberry Sauce

Some people like cranberry sauce and others like whole cranberries. Either way, the acidity in cranberries will trigger your heartburn and cause you to miss out on the rest of dinner.

4.Turkey Skin

Turkey is a popular main course during the holidays. While the meat is healthy and won’t affect your heartburn too much, the fatty skin on the meat will. Make sure to cut the skin off before digging in to the main dish.

5.After-Dinner Drinks

Who doesn’t love a cup of decaf coffee or glass of wine after dinner? Unfortunately, most of these beverages are quite acidic. Although it’s tempting to enjoy a nightcap with friends and family, it’s best to stick with a glass of water.

6.Ice Cream

Most dairy products can be a trigger for acid reflux. If you’re going to have a slice of apple pie after dinner, skip the ice cream on the side.

7.Citrus Fruits

Fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit, and pineapple are known to aggravate acid reflux symptoms because of their high acidity. Swap those fruits out for bananas, apples, melons, and mangos.

8.Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes and gravy are staples at any holiday feast. Unfortunately, much like gravy, the fat content in mashed potatoes can increase your heartburn. Instead of mashed potatoes, try sweet potatoes – just as delicious and extremely nutritious.

Even though the holidays are known for large meals and delectable treats, make sure to avoid these foods to keep your acid reflux in check.

For more information about healthy eating habits and improving your digestive health, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist at GI Associates by calling 877-442-7762 or visit giassoc.org.