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.