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Good Foods / Bad Foods For Peptic Ulcers


Updated July 06, 2014

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For some people, certain foods seem to aggravate their symptoms. For them, they need a diet that is designed to accomplish the following:

  • Restrict or avoid those foods that may cause irritation to the digestive system
  • Reduce excessive acid production
  • Prevent unpleasant side effects, such as heartburn.

Peptic Ulcer Diet: Points To Remember

  • Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day instead of 3 larger meals. It is important that you avoid overeating. Frequent, smaller meals will be more comfortable and easier on the stomach than two or three large meals a day.
  • Eat a diet rich in fiber, especially from fruits and vegetables
  • Rest and relax a few minutes before and after each meal, as well as remaining relaxed during meals.
  • Eat slowly and chew you food well
  • Avoid eating within 3 hours before bedtime
  • Eat foods that are low fat
  • Avoid foods that are fried
  • Avoid foods that are spicy
  • Cut down on the following foods:
    • Coffee
    • Decaffeinated coffee
    • Tea
    • Cola drinks
    • Carbonated beverages
    • Citrus fruits
    • Tomato-based products
    • Chocolate
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Quit smoking



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