It’s the middle of the night, and you wake up to your trachea burning – perhaps a bitter taste strikes your mouth; you might even get a tickly sensation in your throat. It’s not a pleasant feeling, but it’s not dangerous. Better yet, it’s preventable. Acid reflux is a condition whereby partially digested food and stomach acid are backed up into one’s esophagus, leading to a wealth of unpleasant short-term conditions. Fortunately for us all, acid reflux is ordinarily triggered by dietary factors. Even the most innocent-looking foods might hide a dangerous, acidic culprit.

1. Chocolate

That sweet, creamy, rich taste might just come back to bite you. Its fatty texture might unnecessarily overwork your stomach’s digestive mechanisms, leading to an excess production of acid reflux. Cocoa often triggers a rise in hormones which make us happy; that also tends to make our muscles relax excessively, further heightening the possibility of acid and food residue backing up our digestive system. If you are a chocolate lover, try to cut down on consumption and look for healthier alternatives. The good news is that there are plenty of sweet foods that don’t trigger acid reflux.