Best Candy For Acid Reflux • The 5 You Can Still Enjoy! •

Let’s face it; no one wants acid reflux which can lead to heartburn. We don’t want that either. I’m afraid to say that whilst I do love candy…obviously…a lot of candy out there can often be the cause of acid reflux if consumed in abundance.

But I’m not throwing all the candy in the world into the same basket.

In fact, you’re probably here today because you’ve heard a rumor that some candies actually don’t cause acid reflux while some are even beneficial for it.

This is exactly what we are going to explore here today – the best candies for acid reflux!

Best Candy To Eat With Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is rather unpleasant. In a lot of cases, the ingesting of candy can exacerbate the condition. This isn’t always the case, however. Some candies are nowhere near as susceptible to acid reflux as others. In fact, some even possess properties that can combat acid reflux. 

Below, I have compiled a list of my top 5 candies suitable for eating when you suffer from acid reflux. 

Let’s get started!

Gummy Bears

The gummy bear is a staple of the candy world.

Personally, like anyone else who knows anything about gummy bears, Haribos are my favorite.

Their fruity and colorful flavors appeal to millions, if not billions, across the globe.

But why are they good for eating or helping with acid reflux?

Well, even though gummy bears are high in sugar, they don’t pose a substantial amount of acid reflux risk.

Of course, that’s not to say that you won’t get acid reflux at all if you eat gummy bears.

Everything in moderation, as my grandmother used to say.

If you overindulge, then the risks of acid reflux will be much higher.

So gummy bears are a delicious candy that will not cause acid reflux if consumed in moderation.

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Hershey’s Kisses

Now, if you know a bit already about acid reflux, you’ll know that chocolate can be a leading cause of it.

That’s not to throw every chocolate in the same bag together; some are obviously worse than others.

The problem is that some people are chocoholics.

Sure, they like the odd fruity piece of candy, but what really gets them going is a delicious piece of chocolate.

So am I saying that you can’t enjoy any chocolate with acid reflux? Definitely not.

Hershey’s Kisses are a good safe bet.

Not only are they tasty and greatly enjoyable, but Hershey’s Kisses are also great for when you have acid reflux or at least for limiting the chances of it occurring.

Why?

Their size is optimal as a quick chocolate treat that keeps the risks of acid reflux right down.

So small chocolates are a good way to go.

For me, Hershey’s Kisses are the best of those. 

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Twizzlers

Licorice candy is normally lower in fat, calories, sugar, acid, and all the other ingredients that increase the chances of heartburn.

So they’re a safe bet when looking to enjoy candy without acid reflux occurring.

Not everyone is too keen on licorice.

My Dad could be a little less keen if I’m honest; he lives off the stuff.

The best licorice candy out there, in my opinion, is the Twizzlers. Fantastically tasty and a delight when it comes to texture.

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Sour Patch Kids

Here we are again, my friends. Sour Patch Kids. My favorite sour candy.

Colorful, chewy delights that combine sour and sweet tastes. What’s not to like? Can it get any better?

Yes, it can get better. Sour Patch Kids can actually be beneficial for acid reflux. This is down to the sour elements in the candy lowering the chances of acid reflux.

At the same time, the risk of acid reflux is already quite low as the candy derives its fruity flavors artificially.

If they were derived from genuine citrus, the risks of heartburn would actually be higher.  

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Candy Corn

The last candy on today’s list is candy corn.

Their unique texture derives from honey, sugar, vanilla, and butter. Many of these derivatives, except perhaps sugar, lower the chances of acid reflux.

They’re yummy, and you can rest assured that you should survive heartburn…unless you eat several kilos of them, of course.

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What Types Of Candy Are Best For Acid Reflux?

You want candies that don’t possess high levels of ingredients that can trigger acid reflux.

The best candies for acid reflux are going to be those that are very different to those that are bad for it. We will talk more about what ingredients are bad for acid reflux in a moment.

Not Overpowering

What we need from a candy during a case of acid reflux is one that is not overpowering.

Something that isn’t too strong.

The stronger a candy is in terms of its sugar, fat and acidic content; the worse acid reflux will become. So look for candies that contain low amounts of these properties.

Easy To Digest

At the same time, you want a candy that is smooth and not too complex for your digestive system to deal with.

The more trouble you give your stomach, the more trouble it will have during the digestive process. If it’s having difficulties, it will not be able to combat acid reflux. So strap in for some heartburn.

You Won’t Overeat

Additionally, you want candies that you’re not going to overindulge in.

Even if you find a candy that is low in sugar, fat, and acid, if you eat tons of it, you’ll still give yourself acid reflux.

So you don’t want to fall down, what I like to call, the sugar hole.

What Candy To Avoid When You Have Acid Reflux?

You should avoid candies that contain any trigger ingredients.

Acid reflux is brought about when certain ingredients find their way into your stomach. We will refer to these ingredients as trigger ingredients.

Such ingredients will potentially cause acid reflux but also exacerbate the state of any ongoing acid reflux.

So if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth still, you’ll need to pick the candy that achieves this carefully.

Let’s go through some trigger ingredients as well as some specific candy brands that aren’t helpful with acid reflux.

Candy that contains caffeine or cocoa beans should definitely be avoided as they are major triggers of acid reflux.

Peppermints can likely cause acid reflux as their spearmint ingredient triggers heartburn. 

Acidic candies, like Toxic Waste, are big no-gos as well as the levels of acidity cause acid reflux. The clues in the name!

Sadly my personal favorite Starbursts should also be avoided when you have acid reflux due to their highly acidic ingredients that trigger heartburn.

Chocolate, as mentioned earlier, can be a big cause of acid reflux. This is often down to the combination of caffeine and fat you find in the average chocolate bar.

But how does this work? Exactly why is chocolate so bad for acid reflux? Ok. Let’s get scientific here.

When we eat chocolate, our bodies release serotonin. This process relaxes our lower esophageal sphincter, which consequently allows the acids in our stomach to easily travel up it. This is what then causes heartburn, a.ka. Acid reflux!

Much to our dismay, that means some of the best candy brands like Snickers, Toblerone, and Reese’s are off limits when it comes to acid reflux, as they all contain vast amounts of chocolate.

So, what have we gathered from all of this?

Unfortunately, chocolate, fat, and acidic ingredients are parts of the problem. They are the biggest triggers of acid reflux.  

Other Foods That Help With Acid Reflux

There are plenty of non-candy foods that can help with acid reflux. These are usually ones that are low in acidic ingredients and high in protein and fiber.

Let’s explore some.

Fruit

Fruit is always good, isn’t it really? After all, it’s what inspires the flavors of so many great candies.

Grapes, bananas, and apples are particularly good for limiting acid reflux as they possess relatively low acidic levels. 

Oatmeal

Fantastically appropriate due to its high amounts of fiber, which will help absorb stomach acid, therefore, reducing the chances of acid reflux. 

Frozen Yogurt

Its containing of beneficial bacteria makes Frozen Yogurt tasty and effective acid reflux preventative. 

Ginger Tea

This seems to be the cure for any issues related to the stomach, in the case of acid reflux, ginger aids by reducing inflammation of the digestive tract.

Chewing Gum

Unlike any of the other foods on this list, chewing gum can’t actually be digested.

Well, it can, but it’s not supposed to be. So, if it doesn’t get to the stomach, which is where acid reflux is created, how can it help?

Well, by chewing gum you produce more saliva which can assist with acid reflux. 

Here is a list of some other good foods for helping to prevent and ease acid reflux:

  • Crackers
  • Cheese
  • Health Bars (such as protein and fiber bars)
  • Jerky
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Vegetables

Finally

Everyone wants acid reflux to end as soon as it’s begun.

Over-eating of candy can often be the cause of it. However, some candies get the green light for now.

Chocolate, fat, and acidic ingredients are the ones to look out for.

If things do go wrong, protein and fiber will be your savors…and Sour Patch Kids!

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