Is Mango Bad for Acid Reflux? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Mango is good for acid reflux. Because it has antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, and it is a low-acid fruit that has an alkalizing effect.

Acid reflux is a condition that affects your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach.

In acid reflux, your stomach acid flows back up into your esophagus, causing irritation, inflammation, and a burning sensation.

This can lead to various health problems, such as esophagitis, ulcers, Barrett’s esophagus, and even cancer.

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

What you consume can affect your lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle that prevents stomach acid from escaping, which can impact your acid reflux symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage acid reflux, you should consume alkaline-rich foods like bananas, papayas, and oatmeal, and avoid acidic foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, and coffee.

Now, mango is a tropical fruit that has a sweet and juicy flesh.

People usually eat mangoes raw, in salads, smoothies, desserts, or jams.

Mango is good for acid reflux because it contains antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C.

These nutrients can help reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and boost immunity.

One cup of mango can give you 100% of your daily vitamin C, 12% of your daily fiber, and 25% of your daily vitamin A.

Vitamin C can help protect your esophagus from oxidative damage and promote healing.

Fiber can help regulate your bowel movements and prevent constipation, which can worsen acid reflux.

Vitamin A can help maintain the health of your mucous membranes and prevent infections.

Furthermore, mango is a low-acid fruit and has an alkalizing effect once digested, which means it does not add to your acid load.

Low-acid fruits are good for acid reflux because they can neutralize excess stomach acid and prevent it from rising up.

You can eat one to two servings of mango per day safely.

More than that can cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea, which can trigger acid reflux.

Also, you shouldn’t eat mango if you have a mango allergy or a latex allergy, to prevent anaphylaxis.

Because mango contains a substance called urushiol, which is also found in poison ivy and latex, and can cause a severe allergic reaction.

You can buy fresh mangoes in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose ripe, firm, and fragrant mangoes.

Because unripe mangoes are more acidic and can irritate your esophagus.

You can store them at room temperature for up to five days or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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 nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

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

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