Acid Reflux And Cornmeal

Acid Reflux is also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. The disease is described as the inflammation of esophagus, severe heart burning and chest pain. The symptoms are caused due to back up of stomach contents into esophagus. There is a valve located at the lower esophagus, opens upwards and allows the stomach contents including gastric acids to move into the esophagus. Adopting a natural remedy can prevent the frequent occurrence of the disease.

Natural remedy is also considered much better than medicines which work on proton pump inhibitors and histamine antagonists. These drugs can decrease the amount of stomach acid production. This is the side-effect of these medicines and prove dangerous when taken for long. The lower production of digestive juices in the stomach increases the risk of stomach infection from the food. These side effects can be minimised by adopting a natural remedy. Cornmeal is one such natural remedy to treat acid reflux.

What is a cornmeal?

  • Cornmeal is only ground corn.
  • It is whole grain and has resistant starch.
  • Dried kernels are grounded to a fine, medium or a coarse textured flour.
  • One cup of cornmeal contains 586.7 calories, 2.8 g fats, 125.8 g carbohydrates, 6.4 g fiber, 11.5 g protein, 0.0 cholesterol and 11.1 mg sodium.
  • Kernel of a corn is eaten and it has 3 parts-
  • Endosperm- the kernel is composed of endosperm and contains starch.
    Germ- it is located at the center of the kernel and has fat. It is the living part of the corn.
    Pericarp- it is the outer husk.

Benefits of cornmeal:

  • To minimise the frequency of acid reflux, many people use gluten-free cornmeal diet.
  • Diet containing cornmeal reduces the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Kernel of corn is eaten as it has both soluble and insoluble fiber.

The relationship between corn meal and acid reflux is still hazy.
Still in some people, it has been noted that using corn meal in the diets, their symptoms tend to recur.
Studies are still progressing to establish the relationship between corn meal and acid reflux.

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