(HealthDay News) -- If you're prone to the painful burn of heartburn, don't just pop an antacid -- watch what you eat to avoid getting heartburn in the first place.

The American Gastroenterological Association lists these foods and drinks to avoid, as they may trigger heartburn:

  • Foods that are high in fat or fried.
  • Foods with chocolate or peppermint.
  • Alcoholic beverages, beverages with carbonation and all coffee.
  • Mustard and ketchup, as well as tomato sauces.
  • Acidic substances such as vinegar, citrus juices and citrus fruits.