Nutrition Q&A: Diet to tackle acid reflux

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Can I use Tupperware in micro oven? Is it safe?

Most of Tupperware products are considered safe for microwave use. But use it only to reheat and not for extended time. Porcelain or glass are safer cookware for use in microwave ovens.

2. My daughter is completed 13 yrs and is in ninth class now, still her Menstruation periods not started. Is there any problem? Please suggest me.
Please consult a physician for this problem. Normally girls follow their mother’s age in attaining puberty. If you started late, so would your daughter.

3. dear parvathy, i have acid reflux last 6 months. tried medication and eating every 2 hours. no lime juice, tea. please help.

Rahul, you have not mentioned your age or if you are overweight. If you have abdominal obesity this will aggravate your reflux.
Please avoid coffee, pepper, chocolates, deep fried oily foods/snacks and too spicy foods. These foods cause reflux.
Also eat every 3 hours (not 2) and in small portions.

When I say this what I mean is that you eat 3 main meals in smaller portions and have snack between the meals. All these should be spaced at 3 hrs apart. If you eat every 2 hours you will always have a full tummy which will again cause reflux.
Continue with the medication as prescribed.

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