Here are 18 of the worst holiday culprits that can cause heartburn—along with suggestions for alternatives that you won't regret later.
18 Holiday Heartburn Trigger Foods
✘ It may be tempting to raid your kids' candy hauls, but avoid the chocolate, which is a known heartburn trigger.
✔ There are no great substitutes for chocolate, but a few butterscotch candies might scratch the itch.
✘ An overcooked turkey can be saved by delicious gravy, but your stomach might repay the favor with heartburn.
✔ Opt for a lighter meat jus or skip the gravy and savor the flavor of smoked turkey, which often doesn't need the garnish of gravy or sauces.
✘ Yes, it's delicious, but the high fat content in the sausage will make you regret this dish quickly.
✔ Try a mushroom stuffing that's not too heavy on the onions and garlic instead.
✘ Sorry, this Thanksgiving favorite is highly acidic.
✔ If you find cranberries to be a heartburn trigger food, substitute with a Waldorf salad using yogurt or lowfat mayo.
✘ Even though it might be part of family tradition, this dish typically includes heartburn inducing onions and can be high in fat.
✔ Try a lower-fat casserole recipe and skip or cut back on the onions to make this dish more heartburn friendly.
Apple Pie (or Pumpkin Pie) a la Mode
✘ In this scenario it's the ice cream and high-fat crust that will cause the burn.
✔ Skip the ice cream topping and enjoy the fresh flavor of the apples or pumpkin on its own. Go for a single crust pie or top lightly with a lowfat oatmeal crumb topping. Reduce fat even more by not eating the back edge of the crust.
The 18 Worst Holiday Heartburn Triggers
Avoid these Foods for a Happier Holiday Season
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