Fried foods are (gasp!) high in fat! French fries, fried chicken, fried fish – basically anything that is both fried and delicious – are among the common culprits of reflux.
The high fat content in fried foods is what makes them among the top causes of heartburn; the chest pain that results from acid reflux.
Like fried foods and dairy products, the high fat content in meats makes it an instigator of acid reflux. Meats such as beef, lamb, and pork also take longer to pass through the stomach during digestion – and increase the risk of a reflux response.
The better alternative is to choose lean cuts of meat – chicken, turkey, tenderloin beef and pork, extra lean ground beef, and Canadian bacon, for example – and limit meat as an entrée to once per week.