What is heartburn?
Heartburn refers to the burning sensation in the chest due to backflow or reflux of the acidic stomach contents into the food pipe (esophagus). Almost everyone experiences occasional heartburn. When heartburn occurs frequently and interferes with the daily routine it is called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The food pipe or esophagus is a tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. The lower end of the esophagus has a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter or LES. The LES guards the reflux of stomach contents into the food pipe. In gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) the LES does not close properly allowing the stomach contents to leak back or reflux into the food pipe and irritate it.
Are bananas good for heartburn?
Bananas are low-acid fruits that can help ease heartburn. They coat the irritated inner lining of the food pipe (esophagus) thereby lowering the discomfort. They are also rich in fiber content and help to digest food better. Bananas are rich in pectin, a type of soluble fiber. Pectin helps move the stomach contents through the gut. This further prevents indigestion and heartburn as food that sticks around will continue to stimulate acid production.
Other foods that can ease heartburn are melons, oatmeal, green vegetables and yogurt.