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I have a hiatal hernia. What foods should I avoid?

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The following foods are highly acidic and/or may weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, making it easier for stomach acids to back up into your esophagus:

  • Citrus foods, such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, and orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and lemonade
  • Chocolate
  • Fatty and fried foods, such as fried chicken and fatty cuts of meat
  • Garlic and onions
  • Spicy food
  • Peppermint and spearmint
  • Tomato-based foods such as spaghetti sauce, pizza, chili, salsa, and tomato juice
  • Coffee, tea (including decaffeinated versions), and alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Dairy products, such as whole milk, ice cream, and creamed food. Try soy milk; it may be a good milk substitute. Also, mild cheeses, like feta or goat, may be enjoyed in moderation, or more often if you can tolerate them.
  • Oil and butter

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