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Foods To Calm Holiday Heartburn (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/23/10 08:25 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

If you're prone to heartburn or have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), certain days may fill you with dread. What could be worse than a food-related holiday? Although it may seem like a recipe for heartburn pain, there are things you can do to help prevent acid reflux on the big day.

First, choose the right food (and drinks). Second, don't eat too much at once. A major cause of heartburn is overeating, which can push acid into the heartburn-generating danger zone.

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Salads are good news for those with chronic heartburn or GERD -- if you have the right salad dressing and ingredients, that is. High-fat foods are a known trigger for acid reflux, so the National Heartburn Alliance recommends avoiding creamy salad dressings, as well as oil and vinegar.

Your best bet is a low-fat salad dressing, and avoid tomatoes, raw onions, and other acid-aggravating ingredients. (Want fruit in your salad? Choose apples, not oranges, if you want to avoid heartburn.)

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