Peptic ulcer (stomach ulcer) is an open sore in the lining of the stomach, lower esophagus, or small intestine, typically resulting from inflammation caused by bacteria or erosion caused by stomach acid.
There are three types of peptic ulcers – gastric, esophageal, and duodenal – describing where the ulcer is located, whether that is in the stomach, esophagus, or small intestine.
Many people believe that consuming high amounts of spicy foods can lead to peptic ulcers, but this is merely a myth. Stress does not lead to peptic ulcers either.
Let’s look at a peptic ulcer diet, including foods you should eat and foods you should avoid, along with easy recipes to help you kick-start your new eating regimen.
Healthy diet for peptic ulcer
A healthy diet is necessary to help aid in the healing of a peptic ulcer. But what exactly does that mean? Here are a few dietary guidelines to keep in mind if you have a peptic ulcer.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoking.
- Avoid milk and dairy products as they promote acid secretion.
- Eat smaller amounts of food more often instead of large meals.
- Don’t let your stomach remain empty for prolonged periods of time.
- Drink peppermint and chamomile tea, which can soothe the lining of the digestive tract.
- Take a teaspoon of aloe vera juice after meals.
- Consume foods high in vitamin C for prevention.
- Consume plenty of fiber.
- Eat foods high in flavonoids like apples, celery, and cranberries.
- Avoid spicy foods as some patients report worsened symptoms.
- Cut down on red meat.
Here is a list of foods and beverages you should avoid if you have a peptic ulcer.
- Hot chocolate and coffee
- Whole milk and chocolate milk
- Alcoholic beverages
- Black and red pepper
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder
- Spicy or strong flavored foods like peppers or strong cheeses
- Tomato products
Recipes for peptic ulcer diet
For breakfast, you can eat whole-grain steel-cut oats with fruit and soy milk. Lunch can consist of a vegetable omelet with a green lettuce salad and mashed potatoes. For dinner, you can have fish like herring or salmon, with a salad on the side. Below are two recipes you can easily put together to start eating for your peptic ulcer.
Waist-friendly Waldorf salad
Traditional Waldorf salad features mayonnaise, which is not always a heart-healthy ingredient. Eliminate the mayo, however, and you have a healthy recipe full of fruit and walnuts, which contribute omega-3 fatty acids for heart health and superior brain function.
- 4 large apples (use a combination of red delicious and granny smith), cored and cubed
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Toss together the apples, celery, walnuts, and raisins. In a small bowl, whisk the walnut oil with the apple cider vinegar and seasonings. Pour over the salad, combine, and serve over a bed of greens.
Mackerel is one of the least expensive fresh, wild fish you can purchase. It has a hearty flavor and meaty texture. This healthy food also features high levels of omega-3s. Sauté for an easy, healthy recipe that makes a quick dinner when you add a spinach salad and a side of quinoa.
- two, 1/2 pound mackerel fillets
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- lemon juice
Heat a sauté pan over high heat and add the olive oil. Season the fillets and place them into the pan. Cook for three to five minutes. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown on the outside and flaky-white in the center. Top with a squeeze of lemon.