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It’s called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but most people know it as acid refux, or simply heartburn. And for obvious reasons, it strikes most often during the holiday season. But never fear. Ted Allen, star of Food Network’s Food Detectives, is here to help. “Rather than asking your guests if they have GERD, you can modify your cooking to make it less likely that they’ll have the problem,” he tells Healthy You host Barbara Brody. “Acidic foods like tomatoes and lemon juice, can be avoided, but also alcohol, caffeine and chocolate. On the other hand, you don’t want to tell your guests they can’t have anything spicy. Plus, one of the most common causes of GERD is simply overeating, or eating foods that are too fatty. What I try to do is make my food a little lighter. So instead of filling the mashed potatoes with butter and cream, I dial that back a bit with chicken stock and low-fat milk.”
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