Purpose: The bland or soft diet is designed to decrease peristalsis and avoid irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.
Use: It is appropriate for people with peptic ulcer disease, chronic gastritis, reflux esophagitis or dyspepsia. It may also be used in the treatment of hiatal hernia.
A Bland Diet is a diet consisting of foods that are generally soft, low in dietary fiber, cooked rather than raw, and not spicy. Fried and fatty foods, strong cheeses, whole grains (rich in fiber) are also avoided on this diet.
Any cooked cereal or dry cereal. Milk, cream, butter, margarine, eggs. Clear jelly, honey, maple syrup. White or light rye bread or toast. Pancakes or waffles. Decaffeinated coffee, weak tea, or cocoa
Soups: Chicken soup, Cream soups made with milk
Meats: All kinds except those which are tough or spiced
Fish: Any type except fried
Fowl: Any type except fried
Vegetables: Carrots, peas, spinach, string beans, asparagus, beets, and squash (all cooked or canned). Potatoes, rice, noodles, macaroni. Spaghetti with plain tomato sauce, made from canned tomato soup and grated cheese.
NO FRESH VEGETABLES. NO SALAD
Fruit: Apples, apricots, peaches, pears, cherries (all cooked or canned, no skins or seeds). Ripe banana, avocado. NO ORANGES, GRAPEFRUIT, LEMONS, OR TOMATOES
Juice: Apple, grape, nectar.
NO CITRUS (orange, grapefruit, tomato)
Eggs: Not fried
Cheese: Cream cheese, cottage cheese, mild white, Swiss, American, Muenster
Dessert: Jell-o, custard, pudding, ice cream, plain cookies, cakes without nuts or Fruit
Spices: Paprika, cinnamon, thyme, allspice, sage, salt, parsley.