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Does anyone else have heartburn after eating canned fish?

Answered on June 05, 2015
Created December 10, 2012 at 4:12 AM

I love canned fish - tuna, sardines, salmon. But whenever I eat it I can get heartburn. Just wondering if anyone has the same experience.

It is interesting also to discuss why this might happen. BPA? Oxidized PUFA?

Adding a bit more info:

This does not happen with raw, salted or fried fish. But canned fish, no matter brine or olive gives me heartburn.

I usually eat a can ~100 grams just by itself or put it in soup. Heartburn doesn't happen when I eat same amount of beef in one sitting.

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on March 06, 2014
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Sounds like you might benefit from using some digestive enzymes containing either lipase or oxbile. Something like Now Super Enzymes.

Did you have your gallbladder removed? I did - hence the need for digestive enzymes before eating fat containing meals.

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at 04:39 AM

Thanks, added more info in question

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on December 10, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I've never had this happen. More info would help.

Does this happen with frozen/fresh fish?

What do you eat them with? On its own? With a salad?

What is it packed in? Soybean oil, water, tomato sauce, mustard sauce, etc.

I doubt it is BPA if you are experiencing short-term effects.

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on December 10, 2012
at 04:39 AM

Thanks, added more info in question

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on June 05, 2015
at 05:08 AM

Same exact thing happens to me. I like the idea of PUFAs oxidizing in the high temp canning process. Not sure why though. Worst when I'm already having a heartburn flare up.

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on March 04, 2014
at 05:37 AM

This happens to me too. I get heartburn very easily from a lot of different things, but high fat is a definite trigger. One of the foods that causes heartburn for me is fish oil and oily fish. I would really like to understand why this happens.

I just had a SIBO test. I don't know the results yet, but some people think that SIBO can cause reflux. There are others who think low stomach acid is the cause too. I recently had a stomach acid test and although I do have low stomach acid it is not that low. There was a guy getting tested at the same time as me and he produced no stomach acid when challenged. I don't respond well to betaine HCL. I think I have issues digesting fats.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on March 06, 2014
at 02:48 PM

Sounds like you might benefit from using some digestive enzymes containing either lipase or oxbile. Something like Now Super Enzymes.

Did you have your gallbladder removed? I did - hence the need for digestive enzymes before eating fat containing meals.

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