Heartburn and Yogurt: Does Yogurt Cure or Cause Heartburn?

Yes yogurt does cure heartburn but yes yogurt also causes heartburn!

When you first think about this question you would have probably expected this question to have a very definite answer either one way or the other.  Simple logic would apparently require this, as how could the same food possibly both seemingly cure and cause the same condition.

However if you consider the matter in a little more detail you start to see how this could be possible as not all yogurts are the same, they have different levels of fat content as well as different levels of acidity and different ingredients.  Unfortunately a yogurt doesn’t have to contain just yogurt and if you read the ingredients list of a diet yogurt you might start to wonder just how much yogurt it contains.

So why does yogurt cause heartburn or acid reflux

Compared to milk, yogurt is a much more acidic food and depending upon the variety chosen it can be quite high in fat.  Some luxury yogurts have added cream or are given a more intense flavor by the addition of milk powder or other ingredients.  It is the fat content which does the damage as fatty foods have to stay in our stomach for longer because they are more difficult to breakdown and digest.   This means our stomach has to produce more acid over a longer period.

If you believe that yogurt is aggravating your heartburn and acid reflux symptoms you can either try switching to a type of zero fat yogurt with no unexpected added ingredients which also contains  probiotics or you may need to stop eating yogurt altogether as there do appear to be a small percentage of unfortunate  people who cannot tolerate yogurt without it causing them heartburn or acid reflux.

So why does yogurt cure heartburn or acid reflux

If you choose one of the fat free yogurts on the market that are totally natural and contain probiotics it can have a very positive influence on the systems of heartburn or acid reflux.  The probiotics restore the equilibrium of the acidity levels in the stomach and the cooling effect of the natural yogurt on the inflamed esophagus gives almost instant relief.

How do I know whether yogurt will help my heartburn or cause it.

Unfortunately there is no test you can take and you can only find out the answer to this question by trial and error.

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12 Responses to “Heartburn and Yogurt: Does Yogurt Cure or Cause Heartburn?

  • Peaches on September 9, 2016

    I mix Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt and pure canned pumpkin, add pumpkin pic spice or ground cinnamon to taste, and eat with a spoon or add nonfat milk or water until a drinkable texture.
    I get heartburn from sugar but you can add to help with the bitter taste.
    ZOI nonfat plain Greek yogurt has 7 active cultures which compared to others with only 3 to 5 active cultures. Pure canned pumpkin is high in potassium which helps the body process sodium. Pumpkin’s fiber is another digestive aid.
    This is a vitamin and probiotic packed combo that is healthy and filling. I personally can eat or drink this recipe anytime of day and before bed without stomach issues. I no longer need to take prescription heartburn medication. Keep searching and learning from sites like this to help you live life the best you can.
    *Check with your doctor before making changes to your diet if you have been diagnosed with stomach or digestive problems and if you take prescription medications.

    • Beza on January 15, 2017

      Thanks this article helped me a great deal of course I was diagnosed with acid flex and I’m taking proscribed Medium.

      • Beza on January 15, 2017


      • Sherrie on June 7, 2017

        Hi..are the meds helping you .I have tried 4 different meds none work Now I’m changing the way I eat…so far everything I have read stay away from Grains,starch and sugar…Hope the meds help.Me heart goes out to anyone with this problem. ..

    • Sherrie on June 7, 2017

      Thank you I will try it ..I need help finding different things to eat..I’m suffering from gerd awful. And I love yogurt.8 have a eatting disorder there isn’t much I can eat.Now,with this problem even less..P.Saturday I do love pumpkin too..thanks…

  • Mandi on June 20, 2016

    Thanks for the info! I recently switched to low fat Greek from low fat no sugar (and no splenda!) vanilla yoghurt because it was supposed to be ‘better’. Heartburn disagrees.

  • Pam on May 12, 2012

    Thanks for this article, for years I have found I get heartburn when I eat yogurt. I love yogurt, Always have. I go long periods without eating it but then come back to it, but again I get terrible heartburn instantly following its ingestion. Everyone acts like yogurt helps digestion. It is good to read something acknowledging my reality.

    • Amber on May 12, 2012

      Hi Pam

      I’m pleased you found my article supportive. Heartburn is a very strange condition as one person’s cause is very often another person’s cure.

      Kind regards


      • Tony on February 7, 2016

        Plain yogurt should cause no problem. It’s the added sugar in it that does the nasty trick. Honey might be much better as a sweetener along with some cinnamon.

        • Amber on February 7, 2016

          Hi Tony

          Thank you for your helpful advice. Honey and Cinnamon sounds delicious.

          Best wishes


    • Hema on June 8, 2012

      Hema’s reply was so comprehensive that I turned it into a guest post that you can find here http://heartburnremediesinfo.com/1465/natural-heartburn-remedies-from-india/

      • Amber on June 10, 2012

        Hi Hema

        Thank you for providing such a detailed reply to Pam. There was so much information that I turned it into a post. I hope you don’t mind

        Best wishes


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