Can’t handle acidic foods? Think vitamin A

I’m continually puzzled by people who say they have sensitive stomachs and can’t tolerate acidic foods.  Doctors seem puzzled too. Acid-sensitive individuals often avoid citrus fruit which is on the acidic side at ~3.0 pH.  Though none of those foods are as acidic as stomach acid at 1.5 to 3.5 pH.

It seems obvious the mucus layer of the gastric trace may be compromised which could result in sensitivity to acidic foods. A vitamin A-deficient diet has been shown to increase the bacteria count in the digestive tract and adversely alter the mucus lining of the gut.  But nobody thinks of vitamin A.  [Journal Nutritional Biochemistry 2009]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *