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If you’re prone to experiencing heartburn, you likely know to steer clear of spicy foods or garlic- and onion-filled tomato sauce. But sometimes, heartburn is brought on by foods you wouldn’t expect. Case in point: Bananas. The beloved fruit certainly isn’t spicy, but, for some, it can be a heartburn trigger.

In order to minimize your symptoms, it’s important to know why bananas can cause heartburn in the first place as well as what to do when it happens.

Related: Experts Share Their Top Tips to Get Rid of Heartburn

Why Can Bananas Cause Heartburn?

Dr. Jamie Koufman, MD, a leading acid reflux expert and the author of Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure, says that for the majority of people, bananas do not cause heartburn. “Most fruit is acidic, but bananas are not. They are very good for reflux,” she says. That means that if you experience heartburn regularly, there’s no need to cut bananas from your diet unless they specifically have been a trigger for you.

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