Miscellaneous – Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure | Blog http://www.refluxcookbookblog.com This blog is a companion to Dropping Acid and it allows us to continually publish new material. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:42:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 It’s Manuka, Honey! http://www.refluxcookbookblog.com/2011/06/02/manuka-honey/ http://www.refluxcookbookblog.com/2011/06/02/manuka-honey/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 23:10:17 +0000 http://www.refluxcookbookblog.com/?p=1476

Manuka Honey May Be a Great New Superfood for Reflux Sufferers

Manuka honey may be the next great food for reflux sufferers. Manuka is a mono-flower honey that comes primarily from New Zealand. Because the bees feed solely on the uncultivated Manuka bush, Leptospermum scoparium,1 also called the “tea tree,” the honey has a unique taste. Indeed, the popular name, “tea tree,” reportedly came about because Captain Cook used the leaves to make “tea.”1 We find that less than a teaspoon of the honey in a cup of hot water makes an absolutely delicious drink, loaded with exceptional flavor, which tastes rather like sweet tea.

These days, there is a lot of internet buzz about Manuka honey suggesting that it has real medicinal properties, that is, that it can cure many medical conditions and ailments. The benefits of Manuka are just beginning to be understood by modern science. But what is being discovered is good news for refluxers. Many New Zealanders have believed for centuries that Manuka is good for dyspepsia (indigestion from acid reflux) and for other digestive problems as well.

Here are the purported benefits of Manuka honey: It is an effective treatment for skin infections, burns, throat infections, gastrointestinal infections, and acid reflux.1-4 As Professor Peter Molan of University of Waikato’s Honey Research Unit has reported, Manuka honey is superior or equal to conventional treatments in managing burn wounds, skin ulcers, and Fournier’s gangrene.3 In addition, Manuka honey has been shown to eradicate H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for most stomach ulcers.2,4

One website that sells Manuka honey claims that it is good for many disorders of the aero-digestive tract, including, “sore throat, cough, sinus infection, the flu, canker sores, fever blisters, acid reflux, esophagitis, GERD, heartburn, upset stomach, peptic ulcer, gastritis, diverticulitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

What Makes Manuka Honey Special?

All honeys have some antibacterial activity due to the hydrogen peroxide formed by breaking down the enzyme glucose oxidase, but the potency of this antibacterial activity can fluctuate up to 100-fold and varies upon the honey’s floral source.2,4 Researchers at the University of Waikato believe that what makes Manuka honey special is the presence of a stable, non-peroxide type of antibacterial activity.4 Whereas the enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide in all honey is unstable (it is destroyed when the honey is exposed to heat and light), the non-peroxide antibacterial activity of Manuka honey is unaffected by heat, light, and storage.3 What this means is that Manuka honey’s healing qualities can be bottled, preserved, and shipped around the world when other honeys would lose this antibacterial strength.

In addition, University of Waikato’s Honey Research Unit reports that the enzyme in most honeys that produces hydrogen peroxide is inactive in the acidity of the stomach while the non-peroxide antibacterial agent in Manuka Honey remains active.1,3 For this reason, Manuka honey is suspected to be affective at inhibiting the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.1

To ensure product quality, we recommend to purchasing only Certified Organic Active Manuka Honey. There is honey being sold as Manuka honey without a measurable amount of non-peroxide antibacterial activity. This is likely because it is produced from non-Manuka nectar sources.3 We purchase Premium Organic Manuka Honey from The Wild Bee. While at first blush, this looks very expensive ($35/bottle), the bottle contains 500 grams of honey or about 225 servings for honey tea — at a cost of about 16 cents per cup.

Manuka Honey for Acid Reflux

We believe that Manuka may be great for reflux sufferers. It may also potentially help heal Barrett’s esophagus. Some of our patients have reported improved stomach and reflux symptoms after eating the honey or drinking it in hot water as tea. For our patients who can afford it, we presently recommend a — half-teaspoon of Manuka honey — cup of the “honey tea” after the evening meal. In the future, especially for reflux patients with Barrett’s, we may recommend Manuka after each meal. Based upon what is now known, it is possible that this honey as an adjunctive reflux treatment might make a big difference.


1. Leptospermum scoparium. Wikipedia.

2. Al Somai N, Coley K E, Molan P C, Hancock BM.  Susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori to the Antibacterial Activity of Manuka Honey. J. Royal Soc. Med. 87: 9-12, 1994.

3. Molan, PC. Manuka Honey as a Medicine. Global Bioactives Summit. Hamilton, New Zealand. July 2001.

4. “What’s Special about Manuka honey?” Waikato Honey Research Unit. Department of Biological Sciences University of Waikato. Published: 9-3-2009. Retrieved: 4-11-11

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Good ‘ole (chicken) eggs. I love them. They’re a delicacy and there are a lot of different things that a creative cook can do with eggs for the refluxer. Meanwhile, if you exclude the small, but high-fat yolks, what’s left are egg whites, one of the best sources of protein. But alas, egg whites aren’t as tasty as whole eggs. What to do?

By the way, there is not all that much fat (about 5 grams) in a yummy egg yolk. And eggs are pretty well tolerated by most people with reflux. It’s often the eggs’ partners in breakfast crime – butter, bacon, sausage, hash browns – that cause problems. So what’s an egg lover to do?  I’ll address that in a moment.

Jumbo eggs have a lot more egg white than "large" or "extra large" eggs.

Note: Eggs come in different sizes, large, extra large, and jumbo. Assuming that they are about the same price as all the others, buy the jumbo eggs. Here’s why. The yolks are very close to the same size in all of the different size eggs. So when you purchase jumbo eggs, you are getting a lot of extra egg white for free.

Jumbo and "large" eggs have about the same size yolks.

Getting back to the idea of the versatility of eggs, they keep well in the refrigerator for weeks; and egg dishes are a great time-saving dish, as eggs can cook very quickly; and, they are good both cold and hot. With a couple of admonitions and tricks, this author believes that eggs are a great food for people on a reflux diet. Mind you, this is for people on the Maintenance Reflux Diet, not the Induction (“detox”) Diet.

How to Make a Reflux Friendly Omelet

Start with three jumbo eggs. You will throw away two of the three yolks, using one yolk. This won’t significantly compromise the favor of the omelet, but it does improve the flavor over the traditional-for-reflux egg white omelet. One yolk make a delicious, good-for-the-refluxer, low-fat (not no-fat) breakfast item. In other words, your omelet can be made with all egg whites, but it isn’t as tasty. This is an example of low-fat-not-no-fat cooking with the Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure.

Get everything ready and close-by before you start.

Here are the ingredients and technique for making a great three-egg omelet: I set out everything I need in about three seconds, and you should too before starting to cook. You’ll need: (1) a non-sick omelet pan, (2) plastic spatula, (3) regular dinner fork, (4) paper towels, (5) a paper plate or two, (6) salt, and (7) Pam spray all within an arm’s reach of your stove  top. (I have a great pot rack that I love; about everything I need to cook is up there.) And don’t forget a preferred omelet filling. I saved a little bit of lobster salad from my dinner last night for my Sunday morning omelet, today … yum. You don’t need much more than a couple of tablespoons of filling for an individual omelet.

To start, turn the heat on medium-high, and then when the pan is hot, spray with the Pam. Alternately, you can use a small amount (1/2 tsp.) of butter. The 3 jumbo eggs are on a paper plate with the knife and spatula. Over the heated pan, strike the top of each egg sharply with the knife so that there are no fragments of shell; then, separate the egg yolks and throw two of them away, on the paper plate. Chef Bauer shows how to separate egg yolks on YouTube.

When you’ve got all three eggs (with the one yolk) in the pan cooking, lightly scramble with a fork. Cook the eggs most of the way through, adding some salt to taste, and then add the omelet filling. Lastly,.

fold the omelet; let it brown on one side; then, flip and serve. You may want to make one omelet like this for each person whom you are serving. My lobster omelet was so good that my kitten wanted some.

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Over the past decade, specialty drinks such as enhanced teas, exotic juices, flavored waters, “superfood,” probiotic and sports drinks, have become popular alternatives to traditional carbonated soft drinks.. Unfortunately, most of these new beverages are just as acidic; and thus, just as unsuitable for refluxers as their predecessors. This is not good news. So what can a refluxer drink?

We hope that readers of Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure (and of this blog) already know that soft drinks (all carbonated beverages), bottled or not, are bad for reflux and most every other bottled thing is NOT okay either. It is the acid that is added to kill pathogenic bacteria and prolong shelf-life.

So, what can a refluxer drink? Our first advice is to read labels carefully and avoid the acids. If you’re going to control your reflux, you are going to have to learn to read labels and look out for ascorbic acid, acetic acid, citric acid, “vitamin C enhanced,” and “100% Vitamin C.”  These are all code words for VERY ACIDIC!

How We Did the Testing (Materials & Methods): With hundreds of drink choices on the market, and seemingly more and more appearing every week, it is beyond our capacity to test the pH (acidity) of every variety and every drink brand. What we did do is test the most available drinks with an eye towards beverages refluxers might possibly be able to drink. We did not test carbonated, caffeinated, or chocolate-flavored drinks, because we already know these beverages are bad for refluxers.


More than one cup a day of caffeinated beverages, like coffee, green and black teas are not okay on The Reflux Diet. Some herbal teas, like chamomile, are terrific. Beware of other herbal teas. Though many herbal teas are good, we found that herbal teas infused with a fruit flavor are extremely acidic (as low as pH 2.8). Anything infused with orange, raspberry, lemon, or other citric flavor should be a red flag. As for the variety of bottled teas on the market, refluxer stay away. None that we tested had an acceptable pH for The Reflux Diet.

Bottled Smoothies

We are big advocates of homemade, pH-balanced smoothies, but what about those bottled smoothies that are so easy to grab in the grocery store? Well, the answer is some are acceptable and some are not. As you can guess, anything with a citric-fruit base is bad. Of the rest, vanilla flavored, high-protein drinks seem to be best.

Slim-fast Vanilla and Slim-fast Strawberry N Crème are both great (pH 6.9 and pH 6.8 respectively), as is Odwalla’s Vanilla Monster Protein Drink (pH 5.8) while Naked’s Green Machine (pH 4) and Odwalla’s Superfood Juice (pH 3.9) might seem okay but are bad.

Specialty Waters

Specialty waters, in most cases, are vitamin enhanced and not okay because the vitamin enhancement adds acid. A few exceptions exist. We have found that all tested brands of coconut water with no acids added are above pH 4.7, for instance, and unflavored Pedialyte is pH 5.4 and therefore, acceptable. With specialty waters especially, check the labels and look out for acids. Specialty waters that seem innocent (Vitamin Water, pH 3.1 – 3.6; Hint Unsweetened Essence Water, pH 3.9) can be deceptively acidic.

Probiotic Drinks

Probiotic drinks, like kombucha and kefir, are too acidic. Always steer clear.  If you need probiotics, take the pills.

Bottled Juices

The rule with bottled juices is fruit juices are not okay and with vegetable juices you must be wary. A case in point is two carrot juices we tested. Odwalla Carrot Juice is all natural and pH 6.3; however, Ralph & Charlie’s Everyday Carrot Beverage was pH 3.9. Looking at the two bottles side by side, you would not notice a difference in appearance. Only when analyzing the label would you see that Ralph & Charlie’s Everyday Carrot Beverage is enhanced with acids and other preservatives and flavorings.


Brand Description pH
Slim-fast Low Carb Vanilla 6.9
Slim-fast Strawberry N Creme 6.8
Traditional Medicinals Herb Tea: Echinacea Plus 6.4
Odwalla Carrot juice 6.3
Twinings Pure Chamomile 6.2
Traditional Medicinals Herb Tea: Organic Breathe Easy 6
The Republic of Tea Rooibos 5.9
Odwalla Vanilla monster protein drink 5.8
Twinings China Oolong 5.8
Adagio Rooibos: Organic Vanilla 5.6
Traditional Medicinals Herb Tea: Organic Gypsy Cold 5.5
Pedialyte Unflavored 5.4
Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Root 5.3
Bigelow Constant Comment 5.2
VitaCoCo 100% Natural Coconut Water 5.2
Bigelow Toffee 5
Naked Plain 5
Naked 100% Natural Coconut Water 5
Naked Protein Zone 4.9
Odwalla Original Super Protein 4.8
Bigelow Apple Cider Tea 4.8
Zico 100% Natural Coconut Water 4.7

Click here for a complete list of beverages tested

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The authors of “Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure” celebrated the launch of their new diet book September 16, 2010 at the William Bennett Gallery at 65 Greene Street in SoHo with over 200 guests in attendance. Recipes from the book were served. Students from the French Culinary Institute and co-author Master Chef Marc Bauer prepared the menu, which included  Banana Ginger Energy Smoothie, Asian Tuna Tartare, Chicken South-of-the-Border style, Sweet Potato Bites, and Creamy Hummus and Rich Garbanzo Bean Spread.

The party marked the official sales date of the “Dropping Acid”‘ hardcover edition and celebrated the launch of Dr. Jamie Koufman’s Voice Institute of New York Research Foundation, a non-profit institute which will perform specialized research in reflux, nutrition, and the America diet.

Guests enjoy hors d'oeuvres prepared by French Culinary Institute students

Dr. Koufman and book cover designer, Gene Seidman of Rogers Seidman Design

Master Chef Marc Bauer signing a book for a guest

The authors thank the crowd

The authors addressing the crowd


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September 21, 2010 NY1’s Health segment featured “Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure” author Dr. Jamie Koufman speaking out about the increase in acid reflux prevalence and the rise  of reflux-related cancers in America. On air, Dr. Koufman sounds the alarm for higher reflux awareness in America by explaining how the American diet and lifestyle stimulates the reflux epidemic’s growth. She also explains how a low-acid diet can work to stop it.

If you missed it on TV, you can find the segment and NY1’s recap interview here.

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Dr. Jamie Koufman on Good Morning America Health

Earlier this summer, Dr. Jamie Koufman, founder of the Voice Institute and co-author of Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure, appeared in an interview with Dr. Tim Johnson on Good Morning America Health.

Through the interview, she discusses the red flags for diagnosing “silent” reflux (chronic throat clearing, chronic cough, excess mucus, etc.) and the difficulties some patients have in finding proper acid reflux treatment.  We thought you guys would like to check it out!

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