Diet for Stomach Ulcers and Gastritis WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: What is a diet for stomach ulcers and gastritis? A diet for ulcers and gastritis is a meal plan that limits foods that irritate your
stomach. Certain foods may worsen symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, heartburn, or indigestion.
Which foods should I limit or avoid? You may need to avoid acidic, spicy, or high-fat foods. Not all foods affect everyone the
same way. You will need to learn which foods worsen your symptoms and limit those foods. The following are some foods that
may worsen ulcer or gastritis symptoms:
Beverages: Whole milk and chocolate milk
Hot cocoa and cola
Any beverage with caffeine
Regular and decaffeinated coffee
Peppermint and spearmint tea
Green and black tea, with or without caffeine
Orange and grapefruit juices
Drinks that contain alcohol
Spices and seasonings: Black and red pepper
Mustard seed and nutmeg
Other foods: Dairy foods made from whole milk or cream
Spicy or strongly flavored cheeses, such as jalapeno or black pepper
Highly seasoned, high-fat meats, such as sausage, salami, bacon, ham, and cold cuts
Hot chiles and peppers
Tomato products, such as tomato paste, tomato sauce, or tomato juice
Which foods can I eat and drink? Eat a variety of healthy foods from all the food groups. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains,
and fat-free or low-fat dairy foods. Whole grains include whole-wheat breads, cereals, pasta, and brown rice. Choose lean meats,
poultry (chicken and turkey), fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. A healthy meal plan is low in unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugar.
Healthy fats include olive oil and canola oil. Ask your dietitian for more information about a healthy meal plan.
What other guidelines may be helpful? Do not eat right before bedtime. Stop eating at least 2 hours before bedtime.