Mind the mint!
If you suffer from gastric reflux, gastro-esophageal reflux or from hiatus hernia, you’re probably aware that you should steer clear of certain foods that could aggravate your symptoms through a problem of irritation.
Foods to be avoided include coffee, tea, carbonated drinks such as colas, chocolate, citrus fruits, alcohol, tomatoes and very spicy dishes.
But did you know that you should also keep away from mint and mint-flavoured products such as chewing gum, sweets and herbal teas, especially before and after a meal? This is because mint contains volatile acids that decrease the resting pressure of the lower esophageal sphincter, thereby causing the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus.
You can rest assured that the SOS Cuisine menus for GERD don’t contain mint or any other foods that irritate the esophageal mucous membranes. So you can relish them without any worries!