Figuring out the right foods to avoid when you have GERD can take some time. You might find that other people cannot eat foods that you are ok with and you are more sensitive to different foods than other people. Some typical foods to avoid include oranges, tomatoes, onions, garlic, alcohol and fried foods. If you make an effort to eliminate these foods from your diet you should see a decrease in your GERD symptoms. Talk with your doctor about other foods that you should eliminate or medications that might also help with your day to day symptoms.


This healthy citrus snack is a favorite of many people, but if you suffer from GERD you should try to avoid oranges and orange juice. If you feel the need to drink some orange juice, make sure you are doing it with some food in your stomach. The combination of food with oranges will lessen the possibility of your GERD being activated. The acidic nature of oranges combines with the acid in your stomach to make for a large increase in stomach acid and GERD symptoms.


Tomatoes are healthy vegetables, but also very high in acid. The pH of tomatoes triggers acid reflux in most individuals with GERD. Take tomatoes off of your salad and minimize your Italian food to decrease your acid reflux. If you must eat tomatoes combine them with a whole wheat pasta and use as little tomatoes sauce as you can. Add a lean meat like chicken to help your stomach process the food and not concentrate on the acidity.

Onions and Garlic

These two together, or alone, can increase the acid production in your stomach. Eat them in conjunction with other foods to ensure you protect yourself from an increase in acidity in your stomach. Add bread or salad to these to make them less effective on your GERD. Each individual is different so keep track of what you are eating and which items seem to trigger your GERD the most.


One glass of alcohol is not likely to cause you too much trouble, but when you have several glasses on an empty stomach you are certainly going to feel some GERD symptoms. Eating food first will decrease your symptoms, so will avoiding the foods listed here. Try to limit your alcohol to one glass at a time and do not combine it with big meals or meals that already increase the acidity of your stomach.

Fried Food

Grease is hard for your stomach to process and especially if you suffer from GERD. The grease in fried foods will combine with your stomach acid and for some people can produce nausea.  Limiting the amount of fried foods in your diet will help decrease your GERD symptoms and also is a healthier way of eating.

Carbonated Beverages

Many people with GERD believe that carbonated beverages make their GERD symptoms feel better. But the truth is, carbonation can extend your stomach or make it expand. This makes it easier for stomach acid to make its way up your esophagus causing you an increase in your symptoms.

You might need to take over the counter or prescription medications for your GERD symptoms. But you can also decrease your symptoms by limiting or avoiding these foods that cause an increase in stomach acid. Keep a food journal to help you decide which foods are causing you the most trouble and which ones do not cause you to have increased symptoms. Try eliminating one food type at a time and see if you notice changes. As you make an effort to eliminate these foods you should discuss the need for continued medications with your doctor, as you might be able to stop mediations if your symptoms are decreased.