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Foods to avoid for stomach ulcers

Updated on October 27, 2010

Stomach ulcers

Stomach ulcer is an ulcer of one of the areas of the gastrointestinal tract. The size of a stomach ulcer can range between 1/8 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch. Stomach ulcer is also referred as peptic ulcer. Some of the symptoms of ulcer include burning pain in the abdomen between the breastbone and navel, vomitting, nausea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, tiredness, blood in vomit or stool and weakness. The primary cause of stomach ulcer is helicobacter pylori. Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that causes inflammation in the stomach. The bacteria can lead to gastritis and ulcers in the stomach. Here are some of the foods to avoid for stomach ulcers.

Diagnosis of stomach ulcers:

Doctors may perform endoscopy or x-ray examinations and also testing for H. pylori.

Avoid peppers during stomach ulcer
Avoid peppers during stomach ulcer

 List of foods to avoid for stomach ulcers:

1. Spicy foods and spice powders: Avoid strong spices such as chilli powder, black pepper, mustard powder, cinnamon, cloves, red pepper and nutmeg. Avoid or reduce these spices if they really bother your stomach. Spicy foods and strong spices may aggravate symptoms of stomach ulcers.

2. Gas producing vegetables: One of the side effects of stomach ulcer is bloating. Avoid these vegetables if they cause pain, discomfort and gas. Some of the gas producing vegetables includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, sauerkraut, hot chilies, bell peppers, cooked dried beans, peas and pickled vegetables.

3. Citrus fruits: Avoid citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerines, figs, lemon and berries. Citrus fruits may irritate the stomach lining. Cutting acid out of your diet may help you to get rid of ulcers.

4. Tomato rich foods: Try to reduce tomatoes, tomato juice, pasta sauce, ketchup, salsa and tomato soups.

5. Vinegar: Avoid vinegar and things made with vinegar.

6.Fatty foods: Avoid high fat foods and high fat dairy products. High fat foods may increase inflammation in the stomach lining. Avoid greasy meats such as sausage, salami, ribs, pepperoni, bacon, ham and cold cuts.

Avoid whole milk, evaporated whole milk, cream and strong flavored cheeses. Try to choose low fat dairy products whenever possible. This may help to control stomach acid production.

Avoid caffeine such as coffee and tea
Avoid caffeine such as coffee and tea

 7. Caffeine containing beverages: Avoid beverages including coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol. Must avoid coffee. Beverages may irritate the stomach lining.

Cutting caffeine out of your diet may also help you to get rid of ulcers.

8. NSAIDS and aspirin: Avoid taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS and aspirin. It is used to treat pain and inflammation. Studies show that 15% of patients on long-term NSAID treatment develop a stomach ulcer. 

9. Smoking: Stop smoking. Smoking may delay healing.

10. Avoid foods that may cause you bloating, stomach upset, heartburn and acid reflux.

Tips for stomach ulcers:
1. Eat 3 small meals and 2 or 3 small healthy snacks.

2. Chew slowly and thoroughly.

3. Finish your meals 3 hours before going to bed.

4. Avoid long periods without food.

5. Try to avoid or reduce caffeine.

6. Avoid spicy foods.

Stomach ulcer causes:


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      7 years ago

      No chocolate! It has caffeine :(

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      7 years ago

      There are actually several studies that show capsicum (aka cayenne or other peppers) not only do not cause stomach ulcers, but can kill off H. pylori, and in some cases increase the production of cells lining the stomach. So although this article says avoid spicy, I wouldn't immediately avoid peppers or chili peppers when the general consensus currently is that they do not cause or exacerbate stomach ulcers.

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      8 years ago

      Nice One

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      Carol Brady 

      8 years ago

      I am a 73 yr old female who has been diagnosed with bleeding gastric ulcer. Had test for H pylori, not back yet. How do you get H Pylori?


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      9 years ago

      helpful information try to follow for future

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      9 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      Sounds like good advice, similar to acid reflux foods. How about chocolate?


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