Luke - "Which brand of antacid, Tums or Rolaids, is more effective at raising the pH of stomach acid?"
Heartburn or acid reflux, is common condition that affects millions of people. Stomach acid, which is highly acidic with a pH of 2, splashes up the esophagus, which is usually around a neutral pH of 7, causing damage to the “food pipe”. The most common solution for someone experiencing such symptoms, is to consume an antacid to try to raise the pH of stomach acid.
Two of the largest brands with similar prices, strengths, dosage sizes and composition are Tums® Regular Strength and Rolaids® Regular Strength. However, which is the most effective and worth it for the consumer? By creating a stomach acid-like solution with a pH of 2 and salt, Luke's investigation will look into which brand is more effective, per gram, at raising the solution to a safe pH of 4.