Cold Cuts/Cured Meats
Sulfites is the word of the day, folks. Sulfites are an additive that are put into some foods in order to create a longer shelf life. Shrimp is one of those foods. Sulfites can trigger a narrowing of your bronchial tubes, making it increasingly harder to draw breath. Stay away from shrimp and any other foods that may contain this additive if possible.
Eggs, nuts, wheat, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, and shellfish are the biggest allergen culprits. Food allergies are usually diagnosed early on, so as a COPD patient you should already know what you’re allergic to. However, if you seem to have breathing issues after eating any one of these foods, it is possible that you may have developed an allergy to it.
COPD patients are already at a higher risk for developing GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and heartburn. This is because it’s easier to get air trapped in the chest cavities with COPD. COPD patients are even more at risk for developing GERD if they are smokers. Therefore, most citrus fruits are on this list of foods to avoid because of their ability to cause heartburn or acid reflux.
Yes, sadly coffee made this list of foods to avoid, regardless of some of its healthier side effects. Sorry, coffee addicts! The coffee bean is highly acidic and as such can cause acid reflux, which leads to trouble breathing. We suggest that if they can’t cut it out of their diet completely (we understand!), that COPD patients limit their intake.