Is Applesauce Acidic? or Good for Acid Reflux?


If you are wanting to have some applesauce you might be wondering if it is acidic and if it’s a good choice if you have acid reflux.

Yes, applesauce is acidic with a pH of around 3.5 pH. This isn’t just slightly acidic but very acidic. That means if you have any form of acid reflux it is probably a good idea to avoid applesauce because it could likely worsen and or trigger acid reflux symptoms.

Below we will break down more on the acidity of applesauce and if you really should eat it if you have acid reflux.

Is Applesauce Acidic?

As we briefly mentioned above applesauce has a pH of around 3.5. But usually, can range from 3 pH all the way up to 4 pH. If you didn’t know this is quite acidic. In fact, it’s more acidic than oranges that are often considered a high acidity fruit. And some applesauce’s that are on the more acidic side can be as acidic as your stomach acid. Basically, meaning that they are very acidic.

The typical store-bought apple sauce will include apples, sugar, water and some additives and preservatives.  Apples themselves are quite acidic with a pH of around 3-4 too. The sugar and the additives will make the mixture more acidic though than the apples themselves. So, while most of the mixture is relatively natural with the apples and sugar added it still can be quite acidic.

Is Applesauce Good for Acid Reflux?

Because of applesauce’s acidity and ingredients included it is generally not the best thing to eat if you have acid reflux. If you have more severe acid reflux like GERD or LPR it’s probably best to avoid eating it at all.

If you have more minor acid reflux you can try to take it in a small amount to see if it affects you in anyway. If you notice any negative effect from it you can not take it in the future. If you notice no effect next time you have it you can take a little more and see how you fair and increase gradually as you’d prefer.

It tends to be the case that if you have a more sensitive stomach or acid reflux symptoms eating something like apple sauce will likely trigger the symptoms and make them worse. This is partly due to the high acidity and the high sugar content and the additives that are typically used in applesauce that you buy in the store.

Important Questions

Does Applesauce Stop Acid Reflux?

No applesauce does not stop acid reflux in fact it will more often than not make acid reflux worse instead of helping it.

Is Applesauce High in Acid?

Yes applesauce is quite highly acidic mainly due to the acidity of apples and the added sugar.

Is Applesauce Okay for Gastritis?

Some people with gastritis might be okay with applesauce where some might not but if you have eaten regular apples before and notice it affected your symptoms worse then chances are apple sauce will be the same.

Is Applesauce Good for Esophagitis?

Applesauce for esophagitis would typically be a bad idea. That is because the acidity may trigger and worsen the irritation in the esophagus.

2 thoughts on “Is Applesauce Acidic? or Good for Acid Reflux?”

  1. Thank you so much for this information. I have been eating applesauce everyday to try and help my gastritis only to have my heartburn get worse! I didn’t realize how acidic applesauce can be so I’m so glad to have read this article.

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