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Foods to Eat
  • The foods you should eat and those you may need to avoid are listed below. Try to eat the number of servings listed for each food group every day to get a balanced diet.

  • Eat at regular times each day. Do not divide your food into six small meals unless you have trouble getting enough to eat. Eating too often can increase the acid in your stomach.

  • Keep your intake of milk and dairy products to 3 servings per day or less. Choose lowfat or fat-free dairy foods whenever possible. This will also help control stomach acid production.
Foods to Avoid
  • Alcohol, black and red pepper, chilies, chili powder, and hot peppers often irritate the stomach lining. Foods with caffeine can increase the amount of stomach acid. These foods include coffee (regular and decaf), teas, colas, cocoa, chocolate. Avoid or limit these items if they cause you pain.

  • Limit your intake of tomatoes, tomato juice, peppermint, fatty foods, and citrus juices. If they cause heartburn or pain in your esophagus. You may need to limit seasonings such as onions, garlic, cinnamon, and cloves if they upset your stomach.
Dietary Fiber
  • Eating high fiber foods does not worsen stomach pain for most people with ulcers or gastritis. High fiber foods include whole grains, cooked dried beans, and fruits and vegetables with peels.

  • You may notice that some foods cause you to have extra gas. This may include broccoli, cabbage, onions, milk, cooked dried beans and peas, and some fruits. Pay attention to the foods that cause you trouble, and limit or avoid them according to how you feel.

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