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What is a good diet for gastritis?

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An individual with gastritis can benefit from a bland diet, as stated by NYU Langone Medical Center. Fried, acidic, spicy, caffeinated and high-fat foods should be avoided.

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An individual with gastritis should also avoid alcohol, advises Mayo Clinic. Alcohol can irritate the stomach’s mucous lining and cause gastrointestinal distress.

An individual can avoid eating potential irritants such as lactose or gluten to see if this improves gastritis symptoms, per WebMD.

An individual with gastritis can generally safely eat any grains that have not been prepared with fat, according to NYU Langone. All fruits and vegetables can be eaten, except those prepared with fat, tomato juice or sauce, and citrus fruits or juices. Low-fat or non-fat dairy is recommended on a bland diet instead of whole or 2 percent milk products, regular cheese and cream. An individual with gastritis should eat lean meats, dried beans and nuts, and avoid fried and fatty meats. Recommended beverages on a bland diet include caffeine-free soda, juice, water, low-fat or nonfat milk, and non-mint herbal tea.

An individual with gastritis is recommended to eat less than 8 teaspoons of fats or oils each day, as NYU Langone further explains. Any individual on a bland diet should monitor the effects of the diet and adjust foods as needed. Small, frequent meals are more beneficial than three large meals each day. Eating slowly and not lying down for at least 3 hours after eating can also be helpful for an individual with gastritis.

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