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Many a Tums commercial hangs on the notion that guzzling coffee is as bad for your reflux as downing an entire tub of pickles. But is it really the acid content that makes coffee sour your stomach?
Surprisingly, probably not. In terms of its pH, coffee actually scores lower than beer, soda and sparkling water. According to some charts, coffee falls roughly within the same range as foods we consider relatively belly-friendly, like pumpkin or figs.
So what's the deal with "acidity" and coffee? Keep reading after the jump to find out.