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Low Acid Coffee and GERD

Let’s face it: coffee doesn’t agree with everybody. While we know some lucky ones who can chug their drink like it’s nobody’s business, a solid portion of the population finds that liquid coffee causes an upset stomach, indigestion, or acid reflux -- especially when you haven’t eaten. What’s the deal?

What is GERD, and what does it have to do with coffee?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a condition in which stomach acid enters the esophagus and causes uncomfortable irritation. People with GERD often experience heartburn and acid reflux that worsens after eating or when lying down. Treatment for GERD includes over-the-counter antacids and adjusting your eating habits, like avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

Why does liquid coffee cause heartburn?

Heartburn gets worse when you eat certain foods that trigger irritation in the esophagus. Things like garlic, citrus, spicy foods, coffee, and tea can make your symptoms even more severe, so it’s best to just avoid them if you find they affect you negatively. 

Acidity levels in coffee can vary, so it’s possible that different roasts might affect you differently. Light roasts, for example, are highly acidic, whereas cold brew coffee or a darker roast may be a better choice for people with GERD due to their low acidity levels. The tannins in coffee that cause a bitter taste are the same ones that can affect GERD, so keep in mind that the more bitter your coffee is, the worse you might feel afterwards.

What are some low acid options?

Eating beans is a great low acid coffee alternative for those of you who are particularly sensitive to acidic beverages. Many customers who love Eat Your Coffee snack bars have found them to be a great coffee replacement that doesn’t cause wicked acid reflux. With the perfect amount of caffeine and whole, organic foods in every bite, our gluten-free, non-GMO Eat Your Coffee Snack bars are a great way to take your low acid coffee on the go.



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