Ramen Noodles and Acid Reflux

A common question asked on Foodary is “Can I eat ramen noodles with acid reflux?”

So I’ve looked at some recent studies of ramen noodles and acid reflux. Which reveal the answer to be “No”. But always remember that these studies are based on the average experiences of groups of people. Whereas you have your own medical history and test results.

Therefore, you should view this article as something to discuss with your professional health advisers. Because the Purpose of Foodary.com is to support your relationship with your doctor.

Ramen Noodles and Acid Reflux Studies

I’ve reviewed 2 studies about Ramen Noodles and Acid Reflux. At this time, I’ve selected lists of likely candidates for acid reflux revealed by those studies. However, this is not a comprehensive review. So if you would like more details, please ask in the Feedback Form below.

The first study shows noodles to be the most aggravating food for acid reflux[1]. With the complete list of aggravating foods being noodles; spicy foods; fatty meals; sweets; alcohol; citrus fruits; breads; carbonated drinks; and caffeinated drinks. For noodles, different types of noodles are listed with the percentage of acid reflux cases:

  1. Ramen (instant noodles) – 52.4%
  2. Noodles with stir-fried bean paste – 35.7%
  3. Noodles with Chinese-style hotchpotch – 33.3%
  4. Clear soup with wheat flakes – 23.8%
  5. Handmade knife-cut noodles – 21.4%
  6. Spaghetti – 19.0%
  7. Cold noodles served with hot and spicy sauce mix (Bi bim naeng myun) – 16.7%
  8. Udon – 11.9%
  9. Cold noodles served in cold beef soup (Mool naeng myun) – 7.1%
  10. Plain noodles – 4.8%
  11. Buckwheat noodles – 2.4%

Noodles, spicy foods, fatty meals, sweets, alcohol, breads, carbonated drinks and caffeinated drinks were associated with symptom aggravation in GERD [GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease]. Among the investigated noodles, ramen caused reflux-related symptoms most frequently.

In a similar study, ramen noodles are joint top of the most aggravating foods for acid reflux. Sharing the top position with hot spicy stews[2]. In this study there are lists for acid reflux patients and also possible sufferers. Here, I’ve shown the list for acid reflux patients only, with percentages of patients affected by the most aggravating foods:

  1. Hot spicy stews – 84.2%
  2. Ramen noodles – 84.2%
  3. Fried foods – 75.0%
  4. Rice cakes – 73.7%
  5. Biscuits – 64.3%
  6. Breads – 63.2%
  7. Hand-pulled dough soups – 60.0%
  8. Topokki – 56.3%
  9. Hamburgers – 56.3%
  10. Doughnuts – 55.6%
  11. Spicy noodles with vegetables and seafoods (champon) – 55.6%
  12. Noodles with stir-fried bean paste (jajangmyeon) – 55.6%
  13. Alcohols – 54.5%
  14. Fanta beverages – 54.5%
  15. Pizzas – 53.3%
  16. Mandarins – 52.6%
  17. Plain noodles – 52.6%
  18. Oranges – 50.0%
  19. Milk – 50.0%

In conclusion, hot spicy stews, rice cakes, ramen noodles, fried foods, and topokki are most common foods that induce typical GERD symptoms in Korean GERD patients.

Ramen Noodles & Acid Reflux Summary

These studies show that ramen noodles are a common cause of acid reflux symptoms. But you should note the comparison between the studies. Because they agree that ramen noodles are a common trigger for acid reflux symptoms. But not all people are affected in this way.

In a later study, researchers showed that exercise after eating could trigger acid reflux[3].

Postprandial exercise increased TLESR [Transient Lower Esophageal Sphincter Relaxation] with acid reflux and GERD [GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease] patients should be encouraged to avoid exercise immediately after a meal.

Therefore, if you do eat ramen noodles, you should wait for your meal to digest before exercising.

Can you eat Ramen Noodles with Acid Reflux?

These studies show that many acid reflux sufferers cannot eat ramen noodles. But your situation is unique to you. So see this as something to discuss with your doctor if you suspect that ramen noodles might trigger your symptoms.

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Ramen Noodles and Acid Reflux References

  1. Song, Ji Hyun, Su Jin Chung, Jun Haeng Lee, Young-Ho Kim, Dong Kyung Chang, Hee Jung Son, Jae J. Kim, Jong Chul Rhee, and Poong-Lyul Rhee. “Relationship between gastroesophageal reflux symptoms and dietary factors in Korea.” Journal of neurogastroenterology and motility 17, no. 1 (2011): 54.
  2. Choe, Jung Wan, Moon Kyung Joo, Hyo Jung Kim, Beom Jae Lee, Ji Hoon Kim, Jong Eun Yeon, Jong-Jae Park, Jae Seon Kim, Kwan Soo Byun, and Young-Tae Bak. “Foods inducing typical gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms in Korea.” Journal of neurogastroenterology and motility 23, no. 3 (2017): 363.
  3. Iovino P, Theron B, Prew S, Menon S, Trudgill N. The mechanisms associated with reflux episodes in ambulant subjects with gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2020 Oct 28:e14023. doi: 10.1111/nmo.14023. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33112052.

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