Bland Diet

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The bland or soft diet is designed to decrease peristalsis and avoid irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.

It is appropriate for people with peptic ulcer disease, chronic gastritis, Reflux esophagitis or dyspepsia. It may also be used in the treatment of hiatal hernia.

The soft/ bland diet consists of foods that are easily digestible, mildly seasoned and tender.

Fried foods, highly seasoned foods and most raw or gas-forming fruits and vegetables are eliminated.

Drinks containing Xanthine and alcohol should also be avoided.



MILK & DAIRY 2-3 servings each day

  • All milk and milk products

  • Plain mild cheeses

  • Cottage cheese


VEGETABLES 3-5 servings each day

  • Mild flavored vegetable juices

  • Cooked, frozen or canned vegetables as tolerated (asparagus tips, beets, carrots, green or waxed beans, mushrooms, pumpkin, green peas, white or sweet potato, spinach, summer or winter squashes)

  • Lettuce in small amounts

  • Salads made from allowed foods

Raw vegetables, dried peas and beans, corn

Gas forming vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, cucumber, green pepper, corn, rutabagas, turnips and sauerkraut

FRUIT 2-4 servings each day

  • All fruit juice

  • Cooked or canned fruit without skins, seeds, or tough fibers

  • Avocado and banana

  • Grapefruit and orange sections without membrane

All other fresh and dried fruit

Berries and figs

BREADS & GRAINS 6-11 servings each day

  • White, refined wheat, seedless rye breads. Plain white rolls, white melba toast, matzo, English muffin, bagel, pita bread, tortilla

  • Saltine, graham, soda or plain crackers

  • Cooked, refined cereals such as cream of wheat, oatmeal, farina, cream of rice. Dry corn and rice cereals such as puffed rice or corn flakes

  • Potatoes

  • Enriched rice, barley, noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, and other pastas

  • Couscous

Whole grain and very coarse cereals such as bran

Seeds in or on breads, and crackers

Bread or bread products with nuts or dried fruit

Potato chips, fried potatoes, wild rice

MEAT & MEAT SUBSTITUTES 2-3 servings each day

  • All lean, tender meats, poultry, fish and shellfish

  • Eggs, crisp bacon

  • Smooth nut butters

  • Soybean curd (Tofu) and other meat substitutes

  • Soups

  • Mildly seasoned meat stock, broth bouillon, or cream soups made with allowed foods

Highly seasoned, cured or smoked meats, poultry or fish such as corned beef, luncheon meats, frankfurter and other sausages, sardine anchovies, strong flavored cheeses and chunky peanut butter

FATS & SNACKS (use sparingly)

  • Butter or fortified margarine

  • Mild salad dressings such as mayonnaise, French or vinegar and oil

  • All fats and oils

  • Sugar, syrup, honey, jelly seedless jam, hard candies plain chocolate candies molasses, marshmallows

  • Cakes, cookies, pies puddings, custard, ice cream sherbet.

Highly seasoned salad dressings with seeds or pickle relish

All sweets and desserts containing nuts, coconut or fruit not allowed

Fried pastries such as doughnuts


  • All beverages as tolerated

  • Herb teas, fruit drinks

  • Iodized salt, flavorings

  • Seedless jams, taffy, sugar, honey, jelly

  • Marshmallows, molasses

  • Mildly flavored gravies and sauces

  • Pepper, herbs, spices, ketchup, mustard and vinegar in moderation

Caffeine-containing beverages (coffee, tea, colas, orange soda, Dr. Pepper)

Alcoholic beverages

Strongly flavored seasonings and condiments such as garlic, barbecue sauce, chili sauce, chili pepper, horseradish, pepper, chili powder and other highly spiced foods

Pickles, seed spices, olives, popcorn, nuts and coconut

Aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines

The above opinionated views and information serves to educated and informed consumer. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. It should not replaced professional advise and consultation. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions

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