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Bad Foods for Peptic Ulcers

The peptic ulcer diet

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Updated July 06, 2014

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Breads and Grains

  • Breads and cereals prepared with high-fat ingredients:
    • Croissants
    • Biscuits
    • Granola-type cereals
  • Bread or bread products with nuts or dried fruit
  • Seeds in or on breads, and crackers
  • Bran cereals
  • Wild rice
  • High fat snack crackers

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Vegetable

  • Raw vegetables
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Green peppers
  • Rutabagas
  • Turnips
  • Sauerkraut
  • Vegetables prepared with added fat
  • Tomatoes and tomato products

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Fruit

  • Lemons
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples
  • Tangerines
  • Citrus juices such as orange, pineapple and grapefruit juice
  • Berries and figs

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Milk and Dairy Products

  • Whole milk
  • Chocolate milk
  • Buttermilk made with whole milk
  • Evaporated whole milk
  • Cream
  • Strong flavored cheeses

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Meat and Meat Substitutes

  • Highly seasoned meats
    • Corned beef
    • Luncheon meats
    • Frankfurters and other sausages
  • Highly seasoned poultry
  • Highly seasoned fish
    • Sardines
    • Anchovies
  • Fried meats
  • Fried poultry
  • Fried fish
  • Fatty meat
  • Dry beans and peas prepared with fat
  • Chunky peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Seeds (such as sunflower seeds)

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Fats

  • Gravies
  • Cream soups
  • Highly seasoned salad dressings

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Snacks

  • High-fat snacks:
    • Chips
    • Fried potatoes
    • Buttered popcorn
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Pies
  • Pastries
  • Doughnuts
  • Coconut
  • Chocolate
  • Creamed candy
  • All sweets and desserts containing nuts, coconut or fruit

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Misc.

  • Carbonated beverages
  • Coffee (regular or decaffeinated)
  • Caffeine-containing beverages
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Colas
    • Orange soda
    • Dr. Pepper
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Strongly flavored seasonings and condiments
    • Garlic
    • Barbecue sauce
    • Chili sauce
    • Chili pepper
    • Chili powder
    • Horseradish
    • Black pepper
  • Highly spiced foods
  • Pickles
  • Nicotine
  • Aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines
  • NSAIDs

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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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