There is a lot of confusion over foods for reflux, in fact more confusion that facts. The challenge lies in the fact that there are many different causes and factors involved in acid reflux. Undoubtedly, though diet plays a major role in most causes and incidences of reflux. While many people like to pick on fat particularly as some types of fat may be linked to symptoms, systematic reviews show no unequivocal relationship between dietary fat and GERD and low fat weight loss trials have not consistently demonstrated improvement in GERD symptoms or medication use.
In one study five adults reported resolution of GERD symptoms within two weeks of consuming a low carbohydrate/high fat diet. In a study of 41 subjects 70% had significant symptom improvement on low carbohydrate versus low fat diet, and only 6% reported no benefit from reduced carbohydrate intake.
In a study of women on a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet, reduced intake of sugars at the end of the diet at week 10 all GERD symptoms and medication usage had resolved in all women.
In contrast, research shows that GERD is strongly associated with dietary carbohydrate intake, particularly dietary simple carbohydrates and recent evidence links greater insulin resistance with increased prevalence and severity of GERD symptoms.
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