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Aug 31, 2009 06:52 PM

What foods give you heartburn?

just thinking about this after a late night piece of banana cake this evening. I have noticed that sugar does this to me after about 6pm. White wine always gives me heartburn.

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  1. white castle burgers
    raw onions
    whatever the heck was in the chinese food my niece brought over the other night

    1. I have the same problem with wine. If I have several glasses, I have heartburn the next day. It doesn't seem to matter whether it is red or white. Very frustrating as I do love me some wine!

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      1. re: baseballfan

        Guess Im getting old ... more and more things do this to me lately. Fried food especially. If I have fried seafood for lunch, I "enjoy it" all afternoon.

        I also find that I can no longer enjoy bloody marys .... perhaps its all the sodium or acid in the tomato juice (although I am known to make mine pretty spicy).

        1. re: Cheflambo

          jelly doughnuts, raw onions and broccoli. I agree with Chef Lambo, the older I get the more things gve me heartburn.

          1. re: Cheflambo

            Fried food doesn't sit too well with me either. I recently had Gordon Biersch garlic fries at the Giants game that I swear stayed with me for 2 days. Another guilty pleasure that I have had to take out of the rotation. If I start having problems with Bloody Marys, I will be pissed!

          1. re: bulavinaka

            Bananas as well. Reliably.

            Over-charred burgers. They stick around very unpleasantly.

            1. re: SaltyRaisins

              We must be of the same constitution - I forgot about over-charred stuff.

              1. re: bulavinaka

                Cool. Let's get together for banana-crusted charburgers sometime. I bet that particular combination would negate their typical effects, though. I can eat blisteringly spicy Thai, absurdly rich Indian pickle, straight paprika oil, cans of green Herdez, you name problem. But then a little old banana on the kitchen counter does me in.

              2. re: SaltyRaisins

                I'm glad to hear more people say bananas. They are tearing me up now that I have an ulcer thing going on. I thought that would be a nice bland, safe food. Wrong o.
                Pizza also can get me depending on time of day.

                1. re: Firegoat

                  I just did a quick search on "bananas heartburn" and it turns out that this is not uncommon. Bananas are high in potassium in the form of potassium nitrate. If one's diet is already high in potassium relative to sodium, additional potassium seems to manifest itself for some reason in the way of heartburn for some.

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Thank you, that is good to know. I was totally surprised.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      If you get a chance, you might do a similar search - I only touched on the search when you mentioned your similar experience but with the ulcer situation that compounds your issue.

                      I'm not sure what form of potassium is found in bananas. If it's potassium nitrate, this is considered an oxidizer. This could partially explain the upset stomach issue. It also has a PH of 7 - this is relatively high, and since bananas contain a significant quantity, the oxidizing potential combined with the higher PH could be what's causing the stomach to revolt.

                      I recall a professor in a Nutrition course in college mentioning that acid indigestion can be caused by numerous things, but taking temporary remedies like antacids could actually increase the severity of acid issues in the digestive tract. One's stomach is always trying to reach a certain level of acidity. When the this balance is abruptly pushed toward alkaline, the natural reaction of the stomach is to pump more acid to bring things back in line. My guess would be that there is a malfunction or disconnect between the stomach lining's PH receptors and the glands that produce acid.

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        Actually, the regular use of acid neutralizers and acid-pump inhibitors has very little impact in stomach acid production. In fact, it has been shown that using them can actually repair damage caused by regular inflammation caused by acid reflux or simple indigestion. Bring on the zantac and eat what you like!

                        1. re: SaltyRaisins

                          I'm staying away from zantac and the like as long as I don't need it. I have a friend who's been on those since the prescription days and now can't go without them. But he's pretty type-A as well.

            2. The green beans at KFC. The first time I had hearburn was after eating at KFC, and trying the green beans (as horrible as the rest) for the first time. I really thought I was dying and needed to go to the hospital. SO at the time told me it was heart burn, but I didn't believe him. Chewed some Tums anyways. Right before I drove myself to the ER (he wouldn't take me) the Tums kicked in and I calmed down enough to figure I might make it through the night. Haven't eaten KFC since (although I suspect it was drinking without eating, not the green beans that did it to me now). Don't know how we made it 2 more years!

              1. For me it's not the style or spiceness of the food but, rather if I eat too late in the evening.