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Eat Adventurously, Keep Heartburn in Check with These Tips from Ted Allen

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and PEPCID Brand. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.

Experiencing all the hot, spicy, rich flavors of restaurant week can lead to heartburn — in fact, according to a recent survey commissioned by the makers of PEPCID® products, 99% of "foodies" say they have suffered from heartburn when sampling a new cuisine or eating their favorite foods***.

Food enthusiast, and Chopped and All-Star Academy host Ted Allen has made a career out of tasting, evaluating and sharing new cuisines and dishes. Of course, exploring new flavors sometimes causes him heartburn, which is why Ted always keeps PEPCID® products close at hand.

Here now, he gives us some of his tips on how he keeps his heartburn in check while either enjoying all that restaurants have to offer or cooking adventurously at home.

1

Know Your trouble foods

Trying unique dishes and local eats is a big part of my job, which makes heartburn an occupational hazard. Luckily I know which foods are the most likely to give me trouble - acidic food like tomatoes and lemons, fried food, tart white wine - so I keep PEPCID® products on hand, whether dining in or out, so I can relieve heartburn and get back to work and play!

2

Keep tricks up your sleeve

Like garlic and spices, onions can be a heartburn trigger for me. But I love them too much to cook without them; they're one of the great building blocks of flavor, sweetness, and depth. I've learned to lessen the risk by cooking or pickling the onions fully, and choosing sweeter onions like shallots, Vidalias, and leeks, which are not as hot as white onions or the Spanish kind. They're a little ‘sweeter' to your stomach.

3

Not Willing to Give Up Bold Flavors?

I love tomatoes in all of their forms - diced in a salad, cooked down into pizza sauce, or stewed in a chili - but their acidity can cause me heartburn. If I want a tomato-based dish, I make sure to take PEPCID AC® ahead of time to help prevent my heartburn and enable me to fully enjoy my meal.

4

A heartburn helper

Heartburn can be an uncomfortable distraction to an otherwise wonderful culinary experience. The PEPCID® brand offers dual-action PEPCID COMPLETETM which works just as fast as Tums®+ but lasts all day (or all night)* It offers the fast and uncompromising relief you need while working to keep heartburn from returning.

To learn more about PEPCID® products, visit Pepcid.com.

*Based on 9-hour acid control studies during the day and 12-hour acid control studies during the night. Acid control does not imply symptom relief.
+ Tums® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline.
***The PEPCID® Foodies Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among food enthusiasts and "foodies" ages 18 and older, between January 9th and January 16th, 2014, using an email invitation and an online survey. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3.1 percentage points.

This feature was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and PEPCID Brand. Vox Media editorial staff was not involved in the creation or production of this content.


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