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Some Advice on Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is a popular and convenient snack for health conscious people on the go. In the last few years, the brands and varieties of dried fruits have grown dramatically. The question asked by one of our patients was, “What about dried fruit; is it okay for people with reflux to eat?”

It’s not easy to test the pH of dried fruit so here’s what we did. We put the dried fruit in water (pH 7) overnight, and then blenderized each sample for testing.  Even before we offer our pH-test results, we are going to take coconut off the okay-for-refluxers list. It is a high-fat food, and it is all saturated food at that. No coconut on the reflux diet except possibly as a garnish/flavoring in very small amounts.

Brand Description / Fruit
pH Comments
Ocean Spray Craisins (Dried Cranberries) 2.8 26 grams of sugar
365 Dried Cranberries 3.0 26 grams of sugar
Terra Fina Natural Low Sugar Dried Mango 3.3 71 grams of sugar/citric acid added
365 Prunes 4.0 16 grams of sugar
Sun Maid Natural California Raisin 4.1 29 grams of sugar
365 Turkish Apricots 5.1 19 grams of sugar
Tropical Valley Foods Dried Organic Coconut 5.9 13 grams of saturated fat

Of the dried fruits we tested (above) the only one that is okay for the reflux diet is the apricot.  Fruit that is dried appears to have a similar pH to its fresh non-dried counterpart. Although the pH of coconut is good, it has too much saturated fat. Since there are just too many brands of dried fruit out there for us to test, our recommendation is that organic (no-acid-added) dried fruits are only okay on the reflux diet if the fresh fruits are okay. If an acid has been added as a preservative, the pH can jump dramatically, so check the label.  In addition to dried apricots, dried Fuji apple, pear, and banana are fine on the reflux diet.

Just a reminder of how the pH scale works: When we compare the pH of a fresh mango (3.7) to the pH of dried mango with citric acid (3.3) there’s a significant difference, because the pH scale is logarithmic and as a result, each whole pH value is ten times more acidic than the next higher value.  pH 4 is ten times more acidic than pH 5 and 100 times (10 times 10) more acidic than pH 6.  So, the citric acid in the dried mango makes it four times more acidic than the fresh mango we tested, and that makes the mango (dried or fresh) not okay on the reflux diet!

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27 Comments

  1. Dried Fruit. I know only certain apples are okay. Can those okay apples be eaten dried?

  2. Yes, the dried and the non-dried appear to have the same pH.

  3. How about cooked dried prunes ? Are they o.k. for the reflux diet ?

  4. Thank you for the note about figs. I assume that figs are ph OK
    because they (fresh figs) are a part of one of your recipes.

    I get dried Calimyrna figs via Amazon from Turkey. They contain
    only figs and are also organic. And they are like eating candy…yum.

  5. I have the book and have read it. Very helpful. On p. 187 you write that “you may find more information on the pH of some common foods such as yoghurts and dried fruits on our website…”

    Where can I get a really good list of pH values, longer than what’s in the book?

    Thank you.

  6. How about figs and dates? Both seem to be good sources of nutrition, and are good alternatives to various kinds of candy.

  7. Are dried figs and dates OK on the diet?

  8. I’m not big on dried fruit, but definitely into fresh ones. How about pumpkin? I assume it would be similar in acidity as a squash, but I thought I would ask. Lastly, how about papaya? Thanks

  9. Look for our iPhone app, which will be available soon!

  10. We found that cooked prunes too have too much added acid for people with reflux. Dried prunes are OK in moderation once you’re on the maintenance phase of the diet.

  11. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.
    It’s always exciting to read articles from other writers and practice something from other websites.

  12. Hello, I have been using Koko coconut milk for about a year as an alternative to cows milk as I believed dairy to be mucus forming. I have just seen the part about ‘no coconut’ would this include the koko milk?
    Thanks, Zoe

  13. I’m reading your book now and I was wondering about dates. I like to eat one or two for breakfast. Are organic dates bad for acid reflux and gastritis? Thanks

  14. Look it how many places i have read aBOUT PRUNES AND PRUNE JUICE THAT SAY THEY ARE NOT ACIDIC I MEAN WHO DO YOU BELEIVE ALL THIS IS SO CONFUSING EAT THIS NOT THAT OMG……

  15. Also, is the iPhone app available? I did a search on my iPhone for this app but am not able to locate it.

  16. Yes, what about the iPhone app? I have NOT found it. Thank you.

  17. I’ve had acid reflux since I was born and I’m 14 no meds work non of the stuff on this vids works :/ once you’ve had it for 14 years your stocamh and eusphogus is so destroyed. My gastrologist is lookin into surgery I hope I can get it

  18. These dry fruits are good for health and your blog is nice.buy dry fruits online

  19. Are apricots that have been preserved with sulfur dioxide okay? Not certain if it’s an acidic preservative…

  20. Is the App ready yet and if so, is it usable on an android cell phone and on a PC?

  21. Amazing cookbook and diet. I have been on the Low Acid, Low Fat diet for 4 months and have had amzing results. Still staying away from all chocolate,
    sodas, and alcohol which makes me feel so much better. Developing an App with additonal ph values of food and how the blend foods to increase the ph
    will be tremendously helpful. Very excited!!!

  22. Hello – do you have a current blog or website that has more updated info? This blog indicates that you have an app for the iPhone but I can’t seem to find the app? Thank you

  23. Please send the app. for my computer and iPhone.
    Thanks, Susan

  24. Please send an app. for my computer and iPhone. I also would like to know if dried figs and dates are okay for the reflux diet.

    Thank you,
    Susan

  25. If you have an app l can’t find it help me please

  26. Is there any update on the status of the APP? Thank you!

  27. I won’t recommend some fresh or dried fruits if you have problem in your gastro. I love eating dried fruits it still have vitamins and minerals that is needed by our body.

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