It’s the middle of the night, and you wake with a burning feeling in your throat and a bitter taste strikes your mouth, possibly even a tickling 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 back up in the esophagus, leading to a wealth of unpleasant short-term conditions. Fortunately, acid reflux is typically triggered by dietary factors and can be reduced. Even the most innocent-looking dishes could be acid reflux trigger foods.

1. Chocolate

That sweet, creamy, rich taste might just come back to bite you. Its fatty texture can overwork the stomach’s digestive mechanisms, leading to excess production of acid. Cocoa triggers a rise in hormones which make us happy; but also tends to make our muscles relax excessively, further heightening the possibility of acid and food residue backing up into the digestive system. By replacing chocolate with healthier alternatives, you can help reduce acid reflux naturally.