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What are the best coffees for people suffering from heartburn? Podcast and Text by iServalan

What are the best coffees for people suffering from heartburn? Podcast audio by iServalan from Tale Teller Club.

woman pretty long hair drinking from mug in cafe
Is your coffee giving you heartburn? Not all coffees are the same.

If you're experiencing heartburn, it's important to choose coffee options that are less likely to exacerbate your symptoms. Heartburn is often triggered by the acidity of certain foods and beverages, including coffee. Here are some tips on selecting the best coffee options if you're dealing with heartburn:

  1. Low Acid Coffee: Look for coffee that is labeled as "low acid" or "smooth." These varieties are often processed in a way that reduces the overall acidity of the beans.

  2. Dark Roast: Dark roasted coffee beans tend to have lower acidity compared to lighter roasts. The roasting process breaks down some of the compounds responsible for acidity.

  3. Decaffeinated Coffee: Regular coffee contains caffeine, which can relax the lower esophageal sphincter, potentially contributing to acid reflux. Decaffeinated coffee might be a better option for some individuals.

  4. Cold Brew Coffee: Cold brew coffee is typically less acidic than hot brewed coffee. The extended brewing process uses cold water and time to extract flavors, resulting in a smoother and less acidic beverage.

  5. Coffee Alternatives: If coffee continues to trigger heartburn, you might consider switching to coffee alternatives like herbal teas, chicory root coffee, or grain-based beverages.

  6. Almond Milk or Oat Milk: If you enjoy coffee with milk, consider using almond milk or oat milk instead of cow's milk. These alternatives are generally lower in fat and may be better tolerated by some individuals.

  7. Avoid Additives: Be cautious with additives like whipped cream, flavored syrups, and sweeteners, as these can contribute to acidity and potentially worsen heartburn.

  8. Portion Control: Limit the amount of coffee you consume in one sitting. Smaller portions might be gentler on your digestive system.

  9. Experiment: Every individual's tolerance to coffee varies. It's a good idea to experiment with different options to see what works best for you. Keep a food journal to track how different coffee choices affect your symptoms.

  10. Consult a Doctor: If heartburn is a chronic issue for you, it's recommended to consult a medical professional. They can provide personalized advice based on your health condition and recommend suitable strategies to manage your symptoms.

Remember that while these tips might help reduce the likelihood of triggering heartburn, individual responses can vary. It's always best to listen to your body and make choices that align with your personal comfort and health goals.

iServalan Homotech 23 AI is the artist in residence at the Tale Teller Club producing surreal artworks and audiobooks using AI and human hand

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