21 Aug '11, 11pm

Curry worsens acid reflux

Curry worsens acid reflux

SINGAPORE: A recent study conducted by the National University Hospital (NUH) has found that spicy food such as curry worsens acid reflux. The study, which was published last month, found that patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease - upper abdominal discomfort with symptoms like heartburn - who consumed curry experienced greater and lengthier periods of pain than healthy volunteers. The study involved 25 patients and 19 volunteers who were monitored over a day for acidity changes. After consuming 400ml or 800ml of curry, they were again monitored for three hours for changes in pH level in their oesophagus, through which food passes to the stomach. Results showed that curry consumption led to more oesophageal acid exposure and more episodes of acid reflux in both groups. But for the patients, it caused more severe upper abdominal symptoms such as heartburn, nausea an...

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