Skip Chocolate to Avoid Heartburn this Valentine’s Day

Certain foods can be problematic for those who suffer from acid reflux. Unfortunately, when it comes to acid reflux, chocolate is a triple threat. It is high in cocoa, fat, and stimulants (caffeine and theobromine) – all of which contribute to acid reflux.

This time of year, it can be difficult to avoid chocolate because it is usually tucked into those decorative boxes of Valentine’s Day candy. But luckily there are some alternatives. If you or a loved one is struggling with acid reflux, there are other foods you can eat or give as a sweet treat such as white chocolate, which isn’t technically chocolate, but could satisfy a sweet tooth
or carob, which tastes similar to chocolate, but is low in fat and is caffeine-free.

If you do decide to indulge in chocolate, do so in moderation. Also, be sure to eat it at least 3 hours before bedtime since laying down can make acid reflux worse. Remember that acid reflux can usually be treated with lifestyle changes. Consult your doctor if you are experiencing a chronic sore throat, difficulty swallowing, cough, throat clearing, hoarseness or a feeling like there is a lump in your throat.

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