Are Beets Good for Acid Reflux? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Beets are good for acid reflux. Because they have nitrates and fiber and they can relax the LES and regulate digestion.

Acid reflux is a condition that affects your esophagus and stomach.

In acid reflux, your body experiences a relaxation or weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which normally acts as a barrier to prevent stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heartburn, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.

One of the key factors in managing acid reflux is diet.

What you consume can affect your LES and stomach acidity, which can impact your acid reflux symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage acid reflux, you should consume fiber and alkaline rich foods like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and green vegetables, and avoid fatty, spicy, and acidic foods like fried food, chili powder, and citrus fruits.

Now, beets are a root vegetable. People usually eat them raw, juice them, or cook them.

Beets are good for acid reflux because they contain nitrates which can help to relax the muscles of the LES, thus reducing the likelihood of acid reflux.

Additionally, beets are high in fiber and rich in antioxidants, which may benefit your overall health.

A serving of beets can give you a good amount of vitamins, minerals, and nitrates.

Nitrates can positively affect acid reflux by relaxing the LES1Fiber can positively affect acid reflux by regulating digestion.

Furthermore, beets are a root vegetable and root vegetables are good for acid reflux because they are high in fiber and alkaline.

Because, they can help to make you feel full, reduce stomach acidity, and support overall digestive health.

You can eat a moderate amount of beets per day safely.

More than that can cause beeturia (red-colored urine) which is harmless but can be alarming if unexpected.

Also, you shouldn’t eat beets if you have/suffering from kidney stones to prevent oxalate accumulation.

Because beets contain oxalates, which can contribute to stone formation in susceptible individuals.

You can buy fresh beets in your local market or can order them online. Always choose firm, smooth, and vibrant colored beets.

Because they are fresher and more nutrient-dense. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with acid reflux effectively.

I always recommend my acid reflux patients to follow an acid reflux-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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