Diet for Ulcers and Gastritis
What Is a Bland Diet?A bland diet consists of foods that are least likely to irritate the gastrointestinal tract.
Why Should I Follow a Bland Diet?This diet may be recommended if you are suffering from:
Food Choices on a Bland Diet
|Food Category||Foods Recommended||Foods to Avoid*|
|Grains||Any (eg, pasta, rice, bulgur) (Note: prepared without fat [eg, oil, butter])||Grains prepared with fat|
|Vegetables||Any (Note: prepared without fat)||Vegetables prepared with fat (eg, French fries, mashed potatoes made with butter or cream), tomato juice, tomato sauce|
|Fruits||Any (except citrus) (Note: prepared without fat)||Citrus fruits and juices|
|Milk||Low-fat or nonfat milk,soy milk,buttermilk,powdered milk,low-fat or nonfat yogurt,low-fat or nonfat cheese,low-fat or nonfat ice cream,sherbet||Whole and 2% milk products, cream, regular cheese|
|Meats and Beans||Lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, soy, dried beans, nuts, and nut butters (Note: prepared without added fat)||Fried meats, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, salami, bologna, hot dogs|
|Snacks, Sweets, and Condiments||All unless listed||Pepper, chili powder,ketchup, mustard, vinegar,rich desserts (eg, cakes and pastries),doughnuts, chocolate|
|Beverages||Water, nonfat or low-fat milk, juice, caffeine-free soda, and herbal tea||Peppermint or spearmint teas,decaffeinated or regular coffee and tea,caffeinated soda or energy drinks,chocolate milk, hot cocoa,alcoholic beverages|
|Fats and Oils||Less than 8 teaspoons per day|
- Eat small, frequent meals (eg, six small meals instead of three large meals).
- Eat slowly; try putting utensils down between bites.
- Avoid lying down for 3-4 hours after eating.
- Keep a food log to try and pinpoint the foods that bother you.
- Talk a registered dietitian about an individualized meal plan.
American Dietetic Association
American Gastroenterological Association
Dietitians of Canada
American Dietetic Association. Nutrition Care Manual.American Dietetic Association website. Available at: http://nutritioncaremanual.org . Accessed December 20, 2009.
American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.gastro.org . Accessed December 20, 2009.
- Reviewer: Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013