Is White Pizza Good for Acid Reflux? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: White pizza is bad for acid reflux. Because it has high-fat ingredients like cheese, olive oil, and garlic, and they can weaken the LES, increase the acid production, and irritate the esophagus.

Acid reflux is a condition that affects your esophagus, the tube connecting your mouth and stomach.

In acid reflux, your body allows some of the acid content of the stomach to flow back into the esophagus.

This can irritate and damage the lining of the esophagus, causing symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, and a lump in the throat.

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

What you consume can affect your lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle that acts as a valve between the stomach and the esophagus, which can impact your acid reflux symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage acid reflux, you should consume low-fat, high-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats, and avoid high-fat, spicy, acidic, or caffeinated foods like fried foods, chocolate, tomatoes, citrus fruits, coffee, and alcohol.

Now, white pizza is a type of pizza that does not have tomato sauce, but instead has cheese, garlic, olive oil, and sometimes other toppings.

People usually eat white pizza as a main course or a snack.

White pizza is bad for acid reflux because it contains high-fat ingredients like cheese and olive oil, which can weaken the LES and increase the risk of acid reflux.

White pizza also contains garlic, which can trigger or worsen acid reflux symptoms in some people.

One medium slice of white pizza can give you about 286 calories, 12 grams of fat (19% of your daily needs), 5.7 grams of saturated fat (29% of your daily needs), 530 milligrams of sodium (22% of your daily needs), 32 grams of carbohydrates (11% of your daily needs), and 11 grams of protein (22% of your daily needs).

Cheese can negatively affect acid reflux because it is high in fat and can delay stomach emptying, which can increase the pressure on the LES and cause acid reflux.

Olive oil can also negatively affect acid reflux because it is high in fat and can relax the LES, allowing acid to escape into the esophagus.

Garlic can negatively affect acid reflux because it can irritate the esophagus and stomach lining, and stimulate the production of acid.

Furthermore, white pizza is a high-fat food and high-fat foods are bad for acid reflux.

Because, they can increase the amount of acid in the stomach, slow down digestion, and promote inflammation.

That’s why I suggest you limit your white pizza intake to avoid worsening your acid reflux symptoms.

Stick to one or two small slices per week to minimize the risk of heartburn, regurgitation, and esophageal damage.

Also, you shouldn’t eat white pizza if you have severe or frequent acid reflux, or a complication of acid reflux such as esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, or esophageal cancer, to prevent further damage and complications.

Because, white pizza can aggravate your condition and interfere with your treatment.

You can buy fresh white pizza in your local pizzeria or can order it from online.

Always choose a thin crust and low-fat cheese to reduce the fat and calorie content.

Because, this can help you control your weight and lower your acid reflux risk.

You can store the leftover pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days or in the freezer for up to two months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing 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.

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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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