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Causes of Heartburn

Heartburn can be caused by certain diet and lifestyle choices.

Common heartburn food triggers

It's not always easy to anticipate which foods or beverages will cause heartburn, and it is not always predictable. Below is a list of the more common foods and beverages that may cause heartburn.

  • Coffee (regular and decaffeinated) and other drinks that contain caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Fatty and fried foods
  • Vinegar
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy food
  • Alcohol
  • Certain fruits and vegetables (e.g., onions, peppers, citrus, tomatoes)

Other causes of heartburn may include: smoking, obesity, certain medical conditions (e.g., diabetes or asthma) and certain prescription medications. As with any over-the-counter product, talk with your doctor before taking a heartburn remedy.

About Heartburn

Heartburn is very common — 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn6. Heartburn can be bothersome and disruptive.


  • What Is Heartburn?
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    • Causes of Heartburn

      Heartburn can be caused by certain diet and lifestyle choices.

      Common heartburn food triggers

      Sometimes it is not always easy to anticipate which foods or beverages will cause heartburn; and it is not always predictable. Below is a list of the more common foods and beverages that may cause heartburn.

      • Coffee (both regular and decaffeinated) and other drinks that contain caffeine
      • Carbonated drinks
      • Fatty and fried foods
      • Vinegar
      • Chocolate
      • Spicy food
      • Alcohol
      • Certain fruits and vegetables (e.g. onions, peppers, citrus, tomatoes)

      Other causes of heartburn may include: smoking, obesity, certain medical conditions (e.g. diabetes or asthma) and certain prescription medications. As with any over-the-counter product, talk with your doctor before taking a heartburn remedy.

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