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Are peaches acidic? Can they cause acid reflux? Find out!

It might happen that you just got diagnosed of acid reflux, and you are wondering whether peaches are acidic or not, since you will definitely be advised by your doctor to stay away from acidic and spicy foods. Some foods that are known to trigger acid reflux include tomatoes, tangerines, and most other citrus family. This is due to their richness in citric acid.

Are peaches acidic?

Peaches have a pH of 3.30 – 4.05. This means that they are acidic. Also, canned peaches are acidic, with a pH of 3.70 – 4.20 (1).

A pH value tells you if something is acidic or alkaline. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14, with values from 0-6.9 representing acidity, and those from 7.1-14 indicating alkalinity. The intermediate value of 7 represents a neutral state.

Peaches and acid reflux

It is important to note that foods that trigger acid reflux generally differ from one person to another. This is why the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) recommends taking an individualized approach when it comes to diet for people with acid reflux.

This means that while peaches happen to trigger the acid reflux of “Mark”, they may not cause any symptom on “John”, even though they both have acid reflux. This generally means that you don’t have to eliminate any food from your diet, unless it triggers your acid reflux.

For this reason, most nutritionists recommend using the food-symptom log to check for the foods that are causing your acid reflux, and then eliminate them from your diet.

The Food-symptom log can be done by eliminating all foods from your diet, and then bringing them back slowly, one after the other, while also taking note of the symptom each food is causing you. Like that, you will be able to determine the culprits of your GERD or acid reflux.

Wrap-up

Peaches are acidic. However, many people with acid reflux tolerate them, and find them to be not harmful. But worth remembering is that foods that trigger acid reflux usually differ from one person to another.

So, there’s no guarantee that peaches won’t cause you symptoms of acid reflux such as heartburn. So, the best way to find out is to try a little amount to see for yourself. Also, make sure you consume only sweet ones, as they have less acid content.

About the author

Abbati

Abbati studied Biological sciences at Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, Zaria. He loves learning about the medicinal properties of foods, and the need to explore them!

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