3. Fried and Fatty Foods
High-fat foods are strongly linked to GERD episodes for two reasons. Firstly, they weaken the LES, allowing acids to travel back up the esophagus. Secondly, fatty foods often lead to a delay in stomach content evacuation. Delayed gastric emptying means that more acid is required to linger in the stomach for longer, having an impact on how often you experience heartburn, and how intensely.
Reducing the fat content in your diet on a daily basis will, therefore, lessen your GERD symptoms. Try to cut out or avoid bacon, French fries, onion rings, cheese, sour cream, fast foods, fried as opposed to grilled meats, ice cream, potato crisps, gravy, creamy sauces, and creamy or rich salad dressings and dips. Also, avoid all animal or vegetable oils when cooking as much as possible. Replace these foods with fresh fruits and vegetables and grilled proteins as much as possible.