Ulcer Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid

Foods to Eat and Avoid When You Have an Ulcer

U.S. News & World Report – Certain foods and drinks can upset your stomach or increase stomach acid production, though there’s not much evidence they can cause or worsen ulcers specifically, says Olivia Vaughn, a registered dietitian at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Still, because some food and beverage items can irritate your stomach, pay attention to how your body reacts.

Take spicy food, for instance. Dr. Thomas R. Kelley, a family medicine physician with Orlando Health in Florida, says:

“Everybody jumps right to spicy food (to eliminate),”  “But what’s interesting about that is that’s not always the case.

“You have to see how it affects you; if spicy food bothers your stomach, avoid that particular food. But it’s not necessarily completely off the menu, so to speak, for folks if they have a history of ulcers.”

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If you experience symptoms like burning pain in the middle or upper stomach, bloating after eating or increased heartburn after eating, that’s a sign you should avoid a food, adds Amber Core, a registered dietitian at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Worst foods to eat

Commonly avoided foods and beverages include:


— Acidic foods like pineapple.

Citrus fruits.

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— Spicy foods.

— Fatty or greasy foods.

— Pepper, including black pepper and other types of peppers.

Caffeine, including caffeinated sodas.

— Tea, including black and green varieties that contain tannins, which can increase the production of stomach acid.

— Coffee, including decaf.

— Mint, including peppermint and spearmint.

— Spearmint.


— Carbonated beverages.

— Raw vegetables or salads.

— Tomatoes.

Best foods to eat

One key element of your diet may be polyphenols, which are compounds found in fruits and vegetables that support digestion and brain health and provide other health benefits …


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