Is eggplant acidic? Can it cause acid reflux?

Is eggplant a fruit or vegetable

It is very important to inquire about the acidity of foods you consume, especially if you are suffering from acid reflux. As someone suffering from acid reflux, finding out whether eggplant is acidic or not, will go a long way in determining whether this wonderful vegetable can form part of your diet. Many acidic foods such as lemons, oranges, tomatoes, and most spicy foods have been found to trigger acid reflux. Is eggplant part of them?

Is eggplant acidic

Are eggplants acidic?

Eggplants are only slightly acidic. In fact, you can confidently say they are not acidic as far as acid reflux is concerned. Their acidity values range from 5.5 to 6.5. Just a reminder, a pH scale has values from 0 to 14. Values that range from 0 – 6.9 indicates acidity, while those values that are found between 7.1 – 14 indicates alkalinity. A pH of 7 on the other hand is neutral. At a maximum pH of about 6.5, eggplants can be said to be slightly acidic and almost neutral.

Can eggplant cause acid reflux?

As mentioned earlier, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease can be triggered by the intake of acidic foods. From the pH of eggplants, we have seen that they are only slightly acidic, and more of neutral fruits. Judging only from the pH, we can say that eggplants will not cause acid reflux.

If you are having acid reflux and don’t know whether eggplants can trigger its symptoms, then you can start by including it in your diet in small amounts to see if it causes some visible symptoms such as heart burns. If you are unfortunate that your body reacts to it, then you can eliminate it from your diet. However, if there is no symptom whatsoever, then you can go ahead with eggplant consumption.

You should consult a healthcare professional if you have a chronic acid reflux disease, especially if you are on a strict diet-plan to avoid causing complications.

From a theoretical point of view, eggplant should not cause acid reflux since it is not highly acidic. However, the fact that our body systems are different means you should test-eat eggplants to find out yourself, as several other factors apart from pH might come into play to trigger certain digestive problems. Food intolerance is one digestive problem you should watch out for.

As a bonus, eggplants possess some benefits on the digestive system, and do aid its overall functioning. This beneficial effect can be attributed to the large amounts of water it contains, as well as its significant fiber content. The fiber in this vegetable can increase the peristaltic action of the gut, prevent constipation, and stimulate the production of digestive enzymes. You can read more on eggplant benefits here.

By 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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