Diet for Ulcers and Gastritis
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A bland diet is made of foods that are least likely to cause problems. You may need it if you have issues with your throat, stomach, or intestines.
Why It May Help
This diet may help those who have:
Eating bland foods cannot cure these problems, but it can help ease symptoms.
A bland diet contains foods that are easy to digest and those that are soft, low-fiber, and gentle on the digestive tract. Foods that are raw or uncooked, high in fat, spicy, fried, or acidic often make problems worse. Drinks with caffeine and alcohol can also cause problems. It is best to stop eating or limit these foods.
*These foods or drinks can bother the stomach. But there may be foods on this list that don’t bother you. There may also be foods not on this list that do bother you. Keep a food diary. Write down the food you ate, what you were doing, and what symptoms you had. This will help to find what foods are causing your problems.
Other steps that may help are:
American Gastroenterological Association
Eat Right—Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitians of Canada
American Dietetic Association. Nutrition Care Manual. American Dietetic Association website. Available at:
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Accessed February 3, 2021.
Weir, S., & Akhondi, H. (2020). Bland Diet. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing. PMID: 30844169.
Last reviewed December 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
Last Updated: 2/3/2021
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