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6 Health Reasons to Beware of Grapefruit


2. Grapefruit Can Worsen GERD Symptoms

It is estimated that as many as 40-percent of the population is affected by GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). This condition is commonly associated with heartburn and indigestion. Research has established a link between this disease and excessive acid in people’s diets. Grapefruit contains large amount of citric acid.

For those who have GERD, eating grapefruit may result in an increase of symptoms, especially heartburn. Medication alone does not resolve symptoms. This is because when your stomach refluxes, a stomach enzyme called pepsin also increases and rises. Pepsin is not affected by anti-reflux medication. Therefore, if you have or are prone to GERD, you may need to minimize or eliminate grapefruit from your diet.

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