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Peptic Ulcer Disease Diet

Patients with peptic ulcer disease should try and avoid or limit foods and medications that are felt to cause gastric irritation and excessive gastric acid secretion.

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The diet recommendations listed below may help decrease stomach acid and reflux:

  • Eat three small meals and three snacks evenly spaced throughout the day.
  • Avoid long periods of fasting or overeating.
  • Eat slowly and chew food well.
  • Be relaxed at mealtime
  • Sit up while eating and for 1 hour afterward
  • Avoid eating within 3 hours before bedtime. Bedtime snacks can cause gastric acid secretion during the night.
  • Eat low fat foods
  • Limit caffeinated foods and beverages, citrus and tomato products, and chocolate.
  • Include a good source of protein (milk, meat, egg, cheese, etc) at each meal and snack
  • Antacids should be taken in the prescribed dose, 30 to 60 minutes before or 3 hours after meals.
  • Milk and cream feedings should not be used as antacid therapy.
  • Although milk protein has an initial neutralizing effect on gastric acid, it is also a very potent stimulator.