Is Sweet Potato Good for Acid Reflux? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Sweet potato is good for acid reflux. Because it has vitamin A, fiber, and potassium, and they can help heal, improve, and balance your stomach.

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 and inflammation.

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

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, oatmeal, and ginger, and avoid acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits, and chocolate.

Now, sweet potato is a root vegetable that has a sweet and starchy taste.

People usually bake, boil, mash, or fry them as a side dish or a snack.

Sweet potato is good for acid reflux because it contains vitamin A, fiber, and potassium.

These nutrients can help reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and balance the pH level of your stomach.

100 grams of sweet potato can give you 141% of your daily vitamin A needs, 10% of your daily fiber needs, and 12% of your daily potassium needs.

Vitamin A can help heal the damage caused by acid reflux to your esophageal lining.

Fiber can help prevent constipation and promote regular bowel movements, which can reduce the pressure on your LES.

Potassium can help neutralize the acidity of your stomach and prevent acid reflux episodes.

Furthermore, sweet potato is a low-acid food and low-acid foods are good for acid reflux.

Because, they do not trigger or worsen your symptoms and they can help restore the natural balance of your stomach acid.

You can eat one medium-sized sweet potato per day safely.

More than that can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea, which can aggravate your acid reflux.

Also, you shouldn’t eat sweet potato if you have kidney problems or diabetes, to prevent hyperkalemia (high potassium levels) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels).

Because, sweet potato is high in potassium and carbohydrates, which can affect your kidney function and blood sugar levels.

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

Always choose firm, smooth, and unblemished ones.

Because, they are fresher, tastier, and healthier.

You can store them in a cool, dark, and dry place 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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