A reader of this blog just sent me a message inquiring about the acidity of strawberries, and how people with acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease react to it after consumption. While I can offer some valuable information, it is for educational purposes only. If you are trying to include strawberries in your diet as someone with acid reflux, it is best to consult your healthcare professional before proceeding.
Acid reflux is a digestive disease in which stomach acid or bile irritates the food pipe lining. It has numerous causes, but intake of highly acidic foods aggravates it and cause pains and discomfort. Many people do wonder if strawberry is an acidic food, because they probably want to avoid foods that have high acidity. People suffering from acid reflux need to limit the consumption of acidic foods, because they are one of the many causes of this disease.
According to EngineeringToolbox, strawberries and its food products have a pH of 3.0 – 3.9 (1). Just a reminder, a pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with numbers from 0 – 6.9 indicating acidity, while those from 7.1 – 14 indicating alkalinity. A pH of 7 is neutral. At a maximum pH of 3.9, strawberries can be said to be mildly acidic.
Strawberries and numerous other fruits like apricots, elderberries, sweet plums, and persimmons have been classified as low-acid fruits by the FruitPages (2). Low-acid fruits are those that are less detoxifying than acidic fruits such as lime, lemon, oranges, and grapes, and are more tolerated by the body than these acidic fruits.
Many people with acid reflux find that consumption of strawberries in moderate amounts is safe for them. However, this doesn’t mean it is totally safe for everyone. Our systems are different, and what works for you might not work for someone else.
So, in order to find out if strawberries are bad for your acid reflux, you can start by removing all acidic foods from your diet, and then adding strawberries to see if you experience any pain. If unfortunately your body reacts to it, then you can remove it from your diet, but if no pain is experienced, then you can go ahead with its intake, but in moderated amounts.
By the way, strawberries have many health benefits you can’t afford to lose. You can read them here, where I discussed its medicinal properties along with scientific facts to back them up.