TO PUT IT SIMPLY….
Fried foods take longer to digest. The muscle between the stomach and oesophagus relaxes as a result of the excess stomach content, allowing stomach acid to reflux and causing heartburn.
I WANT A BIT MORE DETAIL…
While no one will argue that fried foods should be consumed in moderation, unfortunately for some a tasty cheeseburger or a serving of hot chips can mean a ride on the heartburn pain train.
But what is the cause of this injustice?
Whether it’s a piece of chicken or a fillet of fish, fried foods are all cooked in fats and oils. It is these fats and oils that are the root cause of the heartburn problems. Fats and oils are difficult for the body to digest, and so as a result fried foods are held in the stomach for a longer period of time. The high level of stomach content causes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to relax, creating an opening for stomach acid to pass back into the oesophagus.
An additional factor is the amount of food consumed. Some people, knowing that they are eating foods that aren’t good for them, might decide to binge on fried foods. Excessive amounts of food causes pressure on the stomach, which also results in the LES relaxing. Acid can reflux back into the oesophagus as a result, causing heartburn.
SO, NO MORE FRIED GOODNESS?….
Unfortunately there is no magic bullet if fried foods are a heartburn trigger for you. If you want to run the gauntlet, try and ensure that any fried foods you consumer are drained well. Obviously being mindful of how much you are eating is also advisable.