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DIETS

To learn about a specific diet please choose from the drop-down menu.


Bland Diet

Purpose:
A bland diet is intended to be easy to digest, less irritating to the stomach and it should reduce acid output. Bland diets have been to a great extend made unnecessary since more powerful medicines have been available to treat ulcer disease and hiatal hernia. There are, however, many patients who feel better on a bland diet.

What to avoid:

  • Seasonings: red peppers, chilies, Tabasco, horseradish, mustard, or large amounts of black pepper.
  • Pickled foods: (Foods containing vinegar) Salad dressings, ketchup, pickles, pickled fish, corned beef.
  • Tomato sauces: Spaghetti or pizza sauce. Raw tomatoes are usually tolerated.
  • Garlic and raw onions
  • Smoked meats and fish: Lunch meats except turkey breast.
  • Fried or greasy foods: This includes pie crust or pastries, potato chips.
  • Coffee, chocolate, tea. Decaffeinated coffee causes acid secretion and may be poorly tolerated. Decaffeinated tea is OK. Avoid caffeinated Colas.
  • Alcohol. Cigarettes. Aspirin and arthritis medications including Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
Breakfast   Lunch
Fruit
Half cup of stewed prunes, pears, apricots, ripe bananas. Oranges and grapefruit may cause heartburn but are not acidic enough to cause damage. Eat them if tolerated
  Soup
One cup of chicken, corn, potato, celery, or asparagus soup, lightly seasoned. Do not add cream to soup.
Cereal
One half to one cup of any cereal, cooked or uncooked, is acceptable. Take with milk and sweetener.
  Meat
As per evening meal or a sandwich made with chicken, turkey, roast beef, tuna (Water packed), or canned salmon, with small amount of lettuce, tomato. A small amount of mayonnaise may be used. Yogurt or cottage cheese may be eaten.
Eggs
Soft boiled, poached, not fried. Use no more than one or two a week.
  Vegetables
If desired. See evening meal
Bread
One of two slices of white, rye, or whole wheat are fine, fresh or toasted. A small amount of margarine or jelly may be spread.
  Bread
One of two slices of white, rye, or whole wheat are fine, fresh or toasted. A small amount of margarine or jelly may be spread.
Beverage
Milk, Postum, decaffeinated tea or herbal teas.
  Beverage
Milk, Postum, decaffeinated tea or herbal teas. Non caffeinated soft drinks.
    Dessert
One half cup of gelatin, custard, ice milk or frozen yogurt. Rice tapioca, bread or cornstarch pudding. White or angel food cake, vanilla cookies, sponge cake, canned fruit, arrowroot cookies.
Dinner    
Appetizer
Four ounces tomato or fruit juice
  Bread
One or two slices of white, rye, or whole wheat breads are fine, fresh or toasted. A small amount of margarine or jelly may be spread.
Soup
One cup of chicken, corn, potato, celery, or asparagus soup, lightly seasoned. Do not add cream to soup.
  Beverage
Milk, Postum, decaffeinated tea or herbal teas. Non caffeinated soft drinks.
Meat
Three ounces of tender broiled steak, tender calves liver, lamb chop, roast beef. Boiled or broiled chicken or turkey. Broiled fresh fish. Cottage cheese. All meats should be lean cuts and poultry should have skin removed.
  Dessert
One half cup of gelatin, custard, ice milk or frozen yogurt. Rice tapioca, bread or cornstarch pudding. White or angel food cake, vanilla cookies, sponge cake, canned fruit, arrowroot cookies.
Vegetables
One half cup white sweet potatoes, boiled or baked. Do not eat skins. Boiled rice, carrots, squash or macaroni and cheese. Tender asparagus tips, baby peas. Tender green lettuce leaves with white parts picked out. Thin tomato slices. Season salad with small amount of salt and olive oil.
   

Note:

Styles in diets change like everything else. Large amount of milk and cream and frequent meal snacks are no longer needed because of modern medicines. Roughage such as bran will not hurt an ulcer and may be taken. It was forbidden in older diets. Milk was the main stay of diets for many years, then was removed from many ulcer diets because it slightly elevated acid output. You may safely take milk. About 20% of patients are milk intolerant and may get crampy gas pains and diarrhea if they take a lot of milk. If this happens to you, give us a call.

Remember that only cigarettes, aspiring, and arthritis medicines have been proven to cause ulcers. Diets by themselves will not cause or cure ulcers. This diet is recommended as it may lessen discomfort in some patients with ulcers or heart burn.

 

 

 

 

 

     

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