TO PUT IT SIMPLY….
Tomatoes cause the body to produce too much acid in the stomach. The excessive amount of acid can reflux into the oesophagus resulting in heartburn.
I WANT A BIT MORE DETAIL…
Who would have thought that the innocent little tomato could cause so much grief? And yet for people who have heartburn triggered by tomatoes, the little tomato can turn a small meal into a night of pain and sleeplessness.
At the heart of the issue is acid content. Tomatoes have two acids – malic and citrus. Not surprisingly then, tomatoes have a high acid content. Both kinds of acids contained in tomatoes are heartburn triggers. For those sensitive to tomatoes, when the acids from tomatoes are consumed, the body responds by producing extra amounts of gastric acid. The excess amount of gastric acid in the stomach results in acid refluxing back into the oesophagus, and pain of heartburn is the subsequent result.
SO, NO TOMATOES FOR YOU?…..
Depending on the sources that you read, there seem to be 2 popular suggestions to counter the acid content in tomato-products, mainly in relation to tomato sauces.
The first suggestion is the use of Baking soda. Apparently adding anywhere from 1/2 – 2 teaspoons of baking soda to your tomato sauce can neutralise the acidity from the tomatoes.
The second suggestion is to use a pinch of sugar to achieve a similar result.
Tread carefully with these solutions, as whilst some will swear by them, there have been no clinical tests to prove them as heartburn remedies.