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Health Zone: Bodytalk: Fats return as the burn.

EATING fatty meals can worsen the pain of heartburn, say medics.

Normally heartburn is caused by acid from the stomach travelling up into the gullet. Research published in the journal Gut shows that fatty meals can trigger this pain much more quickly and more severely than other foods.

In a test, nine heartburn patients were given both salt and fat at different times. They all suffered much more pain with the fat.

It's thought higher fat levels in some food may trigger nerve endings in the gut, altering pain thresholds and causing feelings of fullness.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2001
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