If you’re having problems with acid reflux, there is help. Doctors Jamie Koufman and Jordan Stern have come up with a new guide, “Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure” (BRIO Press, $29.95), which takes into account various types of reflux symptoms or conditions that range from heartburn to sleep apnea.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, is no laughing matter. Nor is it something to ignore or simply feed antacids. “At present, reflux-related esophageal cancer (most common in white males) is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States,” the authors write.
To get GERD under control can take a serious look at what you consume. Some of the foods that are notorious for causing reflux, the authors say, are chocolate, soda (with diet sodas having more acid than regular), deep-fried food, alcohol, fatty meat, cream sauces, anything with caffeine, citrus fruit and juices, and hot sauces.
I can say from personal experience that eliminating caffeine, except for an occasional bit of chocolate, has worked for me, but the causes will vary from person to person.
The cookbook portion was written with the help of French master chef Marc Bauer, who has created 75 recipes in the following categories: breakfast, salads, soups, entrées, hors d’oeuvres and snacks, and desserts. They all seem fairly easy to make, too, from one-pot stews to simple snacks. Just be careful of the carbohydrate counts, as many seem fairly high.