Olive Oil and GERD

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Olive Oil and GERDWhen it comes to fighting GERD in Albany, there are some foods that get all the attention. Common triggers like citrus, tomatoes and fried foods are well-known no-no’s, but what about their lesser-known companions?

Many people are surprised to learn that the common cooking ingredient olive oil can actually prompt acid reflux symptoms. Like other oils, olive oil has a high in fat content and can cause the lower esophageal sphincter or LES to relax, leading to heartburn and acid reflux. This is why fried foods are on the trigger list. Foods fried in fattening oils can severely worsen your acid reflux symptoms. But unlike many other oils, olive oil tends to show up in places you would least expect it.

The Facts about Olive Oil

Loved for its light but robust taste, olive oil is added to all sorts of dishes. Everything from breads and pastas to sautéed chicken and vegetables are cooked with olive oil, leaving you susceptible to the trigger during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Olive oil is not typically used for frying due to its low smoking temperature. Foods like chicken, potatoes and other common fast food items are often fried in canola or vegetable oil, which have even more fat than olive oil. However, olive oil is a favorite of Italian and Mediterranean recipes thanks to its potent flavor. Items you might other think of as healthy, such as sautéed chicken breast or a side of sautéed vegetables, have a big chance of coming into contact with olive oil and could cause your heartburn and acid reflux to flare.

There is some good news for those GERD sufferers who are huge fans of olive oil. Different forms of olive oil have different acidity levels, so there is a chance you can reduce your susceptibility to heartburn by changing the type of olive oil you are using. Refined olive oil has a high acidity level, while extra virgin olive oil has an acidity level of less than 1.5 percent, making it the best choice in olive oils for those with heartburn and acid reflux.

Like any other trigger, olive oil is not going to affect all heartburn sufferers in the same way. Talk to your GERD surgeon about other ways that you can ease the ill effects of heartburn in Georgia.

Allie
So glad to have finally found documentation to support my theory that olive oil is a GERD trigger when most articles keep recommending healthier fats like coconut & olive oil to improve symptoms. I have personally found that while some fats are worse than others, my body does not like too much of any kind no matter how it is prepared or used. Pesto kills me. That said, because it is hard to quit oils, I cook with a minimal amount of avocado oil for sauteeing. If using olive oil, I have like cold-pressed unfiltered extra virgin- but never heat it! Keeping a food journal helps track triggers. I steer clear of greasy/heavy on oil, heavily spiced, spicy food, and alcohol (esp red wine). And I am close to potentially realizing gluten may also be a trigger and may need to just go low carb as well. Gerd sucks, but gotta listen & take care of your body!
Henry White
What is the best diet t aliminate acid reflux.
Nick
"There is some good news for those GERD sufferers who are huge fans of olive oil. Different forms of olive oil have different acidity levels, so there is a chance you can reduce your susceptibility to heartburn by changing the type of olive oil you are using." Um....then why not say in the above what the low acid forms of olive oil are?
Tisha
Thanks . This was useful information.
Dr.Giigi Joseph.S,M.B.B.S.,MS(ENT),Trivandrum,Kerala state;south India
Can I drink a teaspoon(5ml.) olive oil daily night to prevent my LPRD symptoms.I have sputum collecting in my larynx.
Karen nelson
Good morning I'm having acidic reflex I ave problem which Oliver to now im using now extra virgin Oliver oil is this best one to use
Esrine Ward
Can I use a tablespoon of ybarra extra virgin oil for my acid reflux
Donna Baumoehl
I use extra virgin olive oil for frying bell peppers when I eat them with baked chicken. It's hard if not impossible to eliminate all foods from one's diet as I also have CDK stage 3 A. I should be fine as I don't have high blood pressure or diabetes and drink plenty of water.
clive brooks
After 25 years of acid re flux, most days, I have changed my diet so many times. A few weeks ago I suddenly wondered if olive oil was the problem [As we only ever use extra virgin olive oil]. We changed to sunflower oil and I have been free from acid re flux for over two weeks. I am hoping I have solved an very old mystery.
Sally
Finally documentation. I have had to justify my inability to tolerate olive oil for over 30 years! People have even put it in foods and have watched as I am unable to stand up. It makes me so very sick.

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