Nexium users: It's OK to enjoy the Halloween candy



When the kids head home from trick-or-treating with their stash of candy, there will be plenty of leftovers for mom and dad to pick through. Nexium users may be wary of dipping into the sweets for fear of a flare-up, but a few pieces can be enjoyed without the heartburn.

When the kids head home from trick-or-treating with their stash of candy, there will be plenty of leftovers for mom and dad to pick through. Nexium users may be wary of dipping into the sweets for fear of a flare-up, but a few pieces can be enjoyed without the heartburn.

Candies in the clear
Not all candy will lead to an acid reflux bout, and there are some treats that are OK to indulge in.

  • Candy corn is low in fat and high in sugar, so it shouldn't cause Nexium users any pain.
  • Another fat free option are gummy bears - 28 pieces only have 130 calories.
  • Although sour candies make most think of citrus - a heartburn trigger - these are generally just flavorings and won't lead to discomfort.
  • Licorice is low in fat and calories, plus it's one candy that takes longer to eat - giving your stomach more time to digest.

Sweets to stay away from
Most people with GERD are well aware of foods that cause discomfort, but here's a list of what should be left in the Halloween stash:

  • Chocolate should be avoided at all costs, but if a quick craving needs to be satisfied it's best to stick to small pieces.
  • King-size bars are a major no-no in general, especially for someone who has GERD.
  • Peppermints are often used to sooth the stomach, but someone with heartburn is likely to see a trigger to their symptoms with this treat.
  • Snickers are made with chocolate, so that makes them a bad choice, but these bars also contain nuts and are loaded with fat.

Those who are looking for a way to get rid of the access of candy in their households should consider taking the treats to work to avoid the temptation. Nexium users who do indulge: It may not be worth the repercussions.