Each week we receive a number of excellent questions that require only a short response – and yet, they are still valuable to you, the visitors to RefluxMD. We will try to provide these short responses each week to answer more questions and to help you find your path to relief. This week, we turn our focus to diet and give you a few ideas for satisfying your sweet tooth without aggravating your GERD symptoms.
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What are some good healthy desserts for those of us with acid reflux?
Great question! Just because you have acid reflux doesn’t mean you can’t satisfy your sweet tooth! Unfortunately, some items commonly included in desserts are also common GERD trigger foods, such as:
- Coffee and drinks with caffeine
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Carbonated beverages
- Foods with mint
- Alcohol and after-dinner drinks
When it comes to trigger foods, remember that everyone is different. If you find that those items trigger your symptoms, then it is best to avoid them as much as possible. On the flip side, if they don’t seem to make your symptoms worse, then there’s no reason to skip them.
A few other things to remember when you start to think about eating healthy desserts:
- Low calorie desserts are better in the long-term than high calorie desserts since maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of controlling GERD.
- Portion control is essential to avoid GERD symptoms, so keep your dessert sizes smaller. Remember, this dessert is in addition to the meal you just consumed and a small portion is often enough to indulge your craving for something sweet.
- Be sure you allow three hours after dessert before you go to sleep.
So what healthy desserts are good for people with GERD?
From an earlier article on our website titled Sorry! Chocolate is not on your GERD diet menu, we highlighted several alternatives to chocolate. Also, in our new diet program we outline 20 snacks that can also double as healthy desserts. Here are a few ideas:
- Non-citrus fruits
- Angel food cake
- Low-fat candies like gummy bears, red licorice, and jelly beans
- Pistachios, almonds, and other nuts
- Low-fat yogurt with non-citrus fruits
- Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.)
- Instant pudding
- Cottage cheese and apples
- Non-fat frozen yogurt
Finally, in our recipe section we also offer several very tasty healthy desserts:
Cantaloupe sorbet – 116 calories
Vanilla almond parfait – 199 calories
Baked bananas – 190 calories
Peachy cobbler – 271 calories
Banana date mousse – 145 calories
Coconut rice pudding – 190 calories
Pineapple ambrosia – 165 calories
Finally, don’t forget about our delicious smoothies for a tasty after-dinner drink!
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