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Good Foods for Peptic Ulcers

The peptic ulcer diet

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Updated March 30, 2014

Breads and Grains

    Whole-grain or enriched, seedless breads and grains:
    • Breads
    • Bagels
    • Tortillas
    • English muffins
    • Hamburger and hot dog buns
    • Dinner rolls
    • Pita bread
    • Cereals
  • Enriched rice
  • Enriched barley
  • Enriched noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, and other pastas
  • French toast, muffins, pancakes, and waffles made with low-fat ingredients
  • Low fat crackers

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Vegetable

  • Fresh
  • Frozen
  • Canned

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Fruit

  • Fresh
  • Frozen
  • Canned
  • Fruit juice as tolerated

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Milk and Dairy Products

  • Low fat and non-fat milk and milk products
  • Cheese with less than 5 grams of fat per ounce
  • Plain mild cheeses
  • Low-fat and nonfat yogurt
  • Low-fat cottage cheese

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Meat and Meat Substitutes

  • All lean meat:
    • Beef
    • Pork
    • Lamb
    • Veal
    • Poultry (without the skin)
  • All fresh, frozen, or canned fish packed in water
  • Crisp bacon
  • Lean ham
  • Eggs
  • Smooth peanut butter and nut butters
  • Soybean curd (tofu) and other meat substitutes
  • Dry beans and peas prepared without fat
  • Soups
  • Mildly seasoned meat stock or cream soups

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Fats (use sparingly)

  • Non-fat or low-fat dressings and mayonnaise
  • Non-fat or low fat salad dressings
  • Mildly flavored gravies and sauces
  • Light or low-fat margarine
  • Sugar
  • Syrup
  • Honey
  • Jelly
  • Seedless jam

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Snacks (use sparingly)

  • Hard candies
  • Marshmallows
  • Sherbet
  • Fruit ice
  • Gelatin
  • Angel food cake
  • Graham crackers
  • Pretzels (soft or hard)
  • Rice cakes

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Misc.

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mild flavorings
  • Most herbs
  • Ketchup, mustard and vinegar in moderation
  • All beverages as tolerated

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Part 2: Foods Recommended for the Peptic Ulcer Diet
Part 3: Foods to be Avoided on the Peptic Ulcer Diet

Peptic Ulcer Diet - Sample menus
These weekly and daily menus were developed for the chronic heartburn sufferers, but they can be used for ulcer sufferers. The goal is to reduce acid production, decrease irritation, and prevent heartburn.

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