Peptic Ulcers Disease and Non Ulcer Dyspepsia Diet


A diet that avoids stomach irritants is for those patients who suffer from symptoms of peptic ulcer disease or non-ulcer dyspepsia. In peptic ulcer disease, the patient has one or more ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (the first part of the intestine beyond the stomach). Non-ulcer dyspepsia refers to these same symptoms but without the presence of an ulcer. These symptoms, which include discomfort or burning in the upper abdomen, often occur an hour or so after eating and may be relieved by milk, food, or antacids. In the past, diet was considered very important in treating ulcers. Now physicians know that foods do not actually cause an ulcer. There are a few foods, however, that can aggravate ulcer symptoms or delay healing.

Nutrition Facts

Depending on individual food selection, this diet meets the National Research Council's Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA).  Please review the following menu for specific information.

Special Considerations

  1. Items most frequently associated with gastric discomfort include the following: black pepper, red or hot pepper, chili powder, caffeine, regular and decaffeinated coffee or tea, alcohol, cocoa, chocolate, cola beverages, citrus fruits and juices, fatty and fried foods, tomato products, and peppermint. These should be eliminated from the diet unless specifically allowed by the physician and/or dietitian. Additional adjustments may be made according to individual tolerances.
  2. Chew food thoroughly.
  3. Eat in a leisurely manner in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Chew and swallow food slowly.
  4. Reduce or stop cigarette smoking. Smoking delays ulcer healing.
  5. Do not eat within two hours of bedtime.
  6. Omit any particular food that causes discomfort.
  7. If there is an ulcer, do not use aspirin, aspirin-containing combination medicines, or certain arthritis medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS). Ibuprofen (Motrin), Advil, and Aleve are NSAIDS. These can cause ulcers and delay or prevent ulcer healing.
  8. Use antacids as needed. Keep in mind that magnesium-containing antacids can cause diarrhea.

Sample Menu

 Sample Menu




  • apple juice 1/2 cup
  • oatmeal 1/2 cup
  • toast 1 slice
  • skim milk 1 cup
  • margarine 1 tsp
  • sugar 1 tsp
  • jelly 1 tsp
  • salt 1/4 tsp
  • cream of potato soup 3/4 cup
  • broiled chicken patty 3 oz
  • bun
  • tossed salad low-fat dressing
  • mustard 1 tsp
  • peaches 1/2 cup
  • skim milk 1 cup
  • salt 1/4 tsp
  • apricot nectar 1/2 cup
  • baked fish 3 oz
  • mashed potatoes 1/2 cup
  • green beans 1/2 cup
  • bread 1 slice
  • vanilla pudding 1/2 cup
  • margarine 1 tsp
  • salt 1/4 tsp

 This Sample Diet Provides the Following




70 gm


84 gm


3762 mg


249 gm


2968 mg


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This material does not cover all information and is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Please consult with your physician on any matters regarding your health.

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