Peptic Ulcer Diet

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Diet for Peptic Ulcer Disease

This diet is designed to restrict or avoid foods that may cause gastric irritation and excessive gastric acid secretion and help prevent uncomfortable side effects such as heartburn.

This diet has been designed for those people with gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal ulcers, esophagitis, peptic ulcer disease, dyspepsia, chronic gastritis, peptic esophageal strictures, or have other problems involving the esophagus.

Dietary guidelines that may help decrease reflux and/or stomach acid:

  • Eat three small meals and three snacks evenly spaced throughout the day. It is important to avoid periods of hunger or overeating.

  • Eat slowly and chew foods well.

  • Be relaxed at mealtime.

  • Sit up while eating and for 1 hour afterward.

  • Avoid eating within 3 hours before bedtime. Bedtime snacks can cause gastric acid secretion during the night.

  • Choose foods from the low fat diet in addition to the following diet

  • Cut down on caffeine-containing foods and beverages, citrus and tomato products, and chocolate if these foods cause discomfort.

  • Include a good source of protein (milk, meat, egg, cheese, etc.) at each meal and snack.

  • Antacids should be taken in the prescribed dose, One-hour and 3 hours after meals and prior to bedtime. This regimen is most likely to keep the acidity of the stomach at the most stable and lowest level.

  • Milk and cream feedings should not be used as antacid therapy. Although milk protein has an initial neutralizing effect on gastric acid, it is also a very potent stimulator. Hourly feedings of milk have been shown to produce a lower pH than three regular meals.

  • Caffeine-containing beverages (coffee, tea, and cola drinks) and decaffeinated coffee cause increased gastric acid production but may be taken in moderation at or near mealtime, if tolerated.

There is little rationale for completely eliminating any foods from the diet unless a particular food causes you repeated discomfort.



BREADS & GRAINS 6-11 servings each day

Whole-grain or enriched, seedless breads, bagels, tortillas, English muffins, hamburger/hot dog buns, dinner rolls, pita bread, and bagels 

Whole-grain or enriched cereals

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

French toast, muffins, pancakes, and waffles made with low-fat ingredients

Low fat crackers

Breads and cereals prepared with high-fat ingredients such as croissants, biscuits, and granola-type cereals

Bread or bread products with nuts or dried fruit

Seeds in or on breads, and crackers

Very coarse cereals such as bran

Wild rice

High fat snack crackers

VEGETABLES 3-5 servings each day

Fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables as tolerated

Raw vegetables, corn

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

Vegetables prepared with added fat

Tomatoes and tomato products

FRUIT 2-4 servings each day

Fresh, frozen, and canned fruits as tolerated

Fruit juice as tolerated Grapefruit and orange sections without membrane

Lemons, grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, and tangerines

Citrus juices such as orange, pineapple and grapefruit juice

Berries and figs

MILK & DAIRY 2-3 servings each day

Low fat and non-fat milk and milk products

Processed cheese with less than 5 grams of fat per ounce

Plain mild cheeses

Low-fat cottage cheese

Low-fat and nonfat yogurt

Whole milk and chocolate milk

Buttermilk made with whole milk

Evaporated whole milk and cream

Strong flavored cheeses

MEAT & MEAT SUBSTITUTES 2-3 servings or total of 6 oz daily

All lean, tender beef, pork, lamb, veal, and poultry (without the skin) .

All fresh, frozen, or canned fish packed in water

Crisp bacon; lean ham

Eggs (limit to 3-4 egg yolks weekly)

Smooth peanut butter and nut butters

Soybean curd (tofu) and other meat substitutes

Dry beans and peas prepared without fat


Mildly seasoned meat stock or cream soups made with allowed foods

Highly seasoned, meats, poultry or fish such as corned beef, luncheon meats, frankfurter and other sausages, sardine anchovies

All fried, fatty or heavily marbled meat, poultry, or fish

Dry beans and peas prepared with fat or high-fat meat

Chunky peanut butter and nuts and seeds

FATS & SNACKS (use sparingly)

Non fat or low-fat dressings and mayonnaise

Mild low fat salad dressings

Mildly flavored gravies and sauces

Butter or margarine (preferably the light or low fat brands)

Sugar, syrup, honey, jelly, seedless jam, hard candies, molasses, marshmallows

Sherbet, fruit ice, gelatin, angel food cake, graham crackers, and nonfat desserts

Pretzels (soft or hard), rice cakes

Gravies, cream soups

Highly seasoned salad dressings

High-fat snacks such as chips, fried potatoes and buttered popcorn

Cakes, cookies, pies, pastries, and doughnuts

Coconut, chocolate, or creamed candy

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


Salt, pepper, flavorings and most spices and herbs

Ketchup, mustard and vinegar in moderation

All beverages as tolerated

Carbonated beverages, coffee (regular or decaffeinated)

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


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

Alcoholic beverages

Nicotine, 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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