Can I Eat Peaches with Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a painful condition where in the acid backs up from the stomach up into the food pipe or esophagus. This happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a ring of muscle at the lower end of the esophagus that is connected to the stomach, which normally closes as soon as food goes through, does not close all the way or opens too frequently.
Common symptoms of acid reflux are burning chest pain or heartburn, regurgitation of bitter acid into the throat, acrid taste in the mouth, dry cough and hoarseness, wheezing and feeling of tightness in the throat.
For those suffering from acid reflux there are certain foods you need to stay away from and foods you can enjoy any time of the day.
A peach is one of the delicious fruits you can enjoy without worrying it will cause another painful reflux. Although slightly acidic, sweet peaches have low acid content so they are unlikely to trigger painful reflux symptoms. Furthermore, healthy citrus fruit contains numerous minerals, vitamins and health promoting compounds which can help boost your immune system and are good for those who are suffering from acid reflux.
Other Health Benefits
- Georgia peaches are a source of vitamin C which is a good antioxidant. Consumption of this fruit can help the body develop resistance against infections and at the same time help scavenge damaging free radicals.
- Wonderfully sweet and succulent peaches from Georgia are rich in Iron which is needed in red blood cell production. Peaches also contain fluoride, a component of teeth and bones, and potassium, an essential cell and body fluid component that helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate.
- Peaches protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation. The antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein that are present in peaches have a considerable anti-inflammatory effect on skin damage caused by UV-B radiation. They also protect the skin from hyperproliferation of cells.
- Peach gifts should be given to family and friends suffering from eye diseases. These fruits are rich in beta-carotene that gets converted into vitamin A after entering the body. Beta-carotene helps maintain good eyesight and reduces the risk of eye diseases like xerophthalmia or blindness.
There are many more health benefits you can receive from eating peaches so you should include this fruit in your daily diet when they are in season.
Fresh peaches for sale can be found in supermarkets, but for convenience you can always go online and order peach baskets to be delivered to your home.