When you think about coffee, do you think about something that is familiar, energizing, reliable, and even essential to life? Or do you think about heartburn?
You’re not alone if you find that coffee seems to trigger heartburn. That’s why many providers say to avoid coffee if you have heartburn. But that can feel impossible if you love coffee. Here’s the scoop on two main causes of coffee-induced heartburn and - spoiler alert - how Alex’s Low AcidCoffee is different.
Causes of Heartburn
Some people are more prone to heartburn than others. These kinds of conditions and situations can increase heartburn risk.
Being overweight or obese
Eating meals that are too large or eating just before bedtime
Bariatric surgery patients
Taking certain medications
Being a smoker
Acidity in Coffee
Coffee is an acidic liquid. And acid is a trigger for heartburn. Just think about the foods your doctor may ask you not to eat. Some of them are on this list largely because of their acidity!
Chocolate and hot chocolate
Sodas, especially caffeinated ones
Processed meats and fatty meats
Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit
Coffee is high in acid because of the acids it contains. The main ones are called chlorogenic acids. Caffeine is another acid that contributes to coffee’s acidity.
In particular, caffeine may relax the lower esophageal sphincter. That’s the ring-like muscle that closes off the stomach from the esophagus. When it relaxes, the opening becomes wider and acid can come up from the stomach. That causes symptoms of heartburn.
Alex’s Low AcidCoffee is ground using heat convection. That means the beans never touch hot metal. The result is a lower content of chlorogenic acid. An independent lab tested the acidity and chlorogenic acid content of our coffee and several national brands. The results were that the acidity and chlorogenic acid content were lower in our coffee compared to the average of the other brands, which included Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.
If your doctor says you should avoid caffeine, there’s a coffee for that! Alex’s Low AcidCoffee comes in a caffeine-free version. It has the same great taste as our regular Fresh Ground French Roast, but virtually no caffeine. Nice!
It may seem too good to believe, but you may not need to give up coffee just to avoid heartburn. Switching to a low-acid variety may be enough! Alex’s Low AcidCoffee is lower in chlorogenic acid and overall acidity than leading brands. And if caffeine is a problem for you, just stick to a decaf variety of Alex’s Low AcidCoffee. You can keep the comfort and zip in your day without heartburn from acidic coffee!