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Why People Who Suffer from Recurring Heartburn Should Avoid Tomatoes

August 23, 2017
Published in: General

Ketchup with sad tomatoes

Pizza with tomatoes and mushroomsYou're probably already familiar with that burning sensation in your chest and the bitter taste of acid in your throat that seems to come on without warning. It can last for hours after consuming your favorite plate of pasta or pizza. Unfortunately, it can be hard to resist your favorite tomato-based dishes even though it's often a dietary disaster.

Why Does Your Love for Tomatoes Punish You So?

Unfortunately, for heartburn sufferers, tomatoes contain two types of acids, malic and citrus, that trigger heartburn. When you consume tomato-based products, your stomach produces gastric acid to break down foods that are sitting in your stomach. However, some people create too much gastric acid when they eat tomato-based foods. This overflow of gastric acid backs up into the esophagus and causes a burning sensation in the chest. The only completely effective way to stop this vicious cycle is to remove tomatoes from your diet.

What If You Just Can't Give Up on Tomatoes?

A bowl of delicious spaghettiTomatoes can be especially tempting, but chronic heartburn can become difficult to manage. There are medications to manage heartburn, but not everyone responds to these drugs. Also, heartburn can be a sign of GERD, a disease that can increase your risk of developing stomach cancer or esophageal cancer. Eliminating problem foods is the logical choice when faced with this very real dilemma. There are also tests to diagnose issues like GERD.

Don't Want to Give Up Pasta? Try the Ultimate Nomato Sauce for those who can’t tolerate tomatoes!

Ultimate Nomato Sauce Recipe

Low-fat, gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free tomato sauce alternative for those who just can't stomach tomatoes.

  • 2 small onions
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 small, peeled beetroot
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Finely dice the onion.
  2. Crush the garlic.
  3. In a large non-stick saucepan, saute your onions and garlic in the olive oil until soft and translucent. Add a splash of water if needed to stop them from sticking.
  4. Add in all the other ingredients and the mix until boiling before reducing to a simmer. Cook until the carrots and pumpkin are soft.
  5. Once the vegetables are soft, blend them until the sauce reaches the desired consistency.
  6. Season to taste.

You can use Nomato sauce right away or store in a glass jar in the fridge. You can also freeze portions in Ziploc baggies to use later. The sauce keeps for about a week in the refrigerator.

Another option for pasta lovers is a raw alternative to pasta and tomato sauce that tends not to trigger heartburn.

Raw Mango Avocado Zoodles

  • 5 zucchinis
  • 4 mangoes
  • 3 green onion tops
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1/3 an avocado
  1. Spiralize the zucchinis and place them in a bowl.
  2. Blend the rest of the ingredients. Pour the mango dressing over the noodles.
  3. Mix in together and top with some green onions or chives.