Gastritis diet: what to eat and what to avoid!

Suffering from gastritis? Discover what to eat and what to avoid and especially which is the best gastritis diet!

People suffering from gastritis must pay close attention to what they eat since gastritis is a condition closely linked to food. Although it may derive from different situations and not necessarily from food, the latter can really make a difference to help feel better and relieve the symptoms.

Gastritis diet: food to avoid

When suffering from gastritis the stomach mucosa is in an irritated or inflamed state, therefore it is very important to avoid foods that cause additional stress.
Generally we must not have excessive meals and we must break them up during the day: This method helps to maintain the gastric acidity within certain limits.
It is also essential to prevent, especially in the acute phase all those foods containing many fats that could increase the secretion of acid from the stomach, refined foods such as:

  •  Red meat,
  •  Oily or preserved fish
  •  Oily cheeses, in particular the fermented ones such as gorgonzola and pecorino cheese.
  • Particularly spicy dressings containing for example; white and black pepper, garlic and chili pepper.
  • Attention must be taken with acidic fruit such as lemons, mandarins, oranges and nuts.
  • It is necessary to limit the consumption of highly refined foods like pasta, white bread and crackers.
  • We must also avoid completely the foods that produce gases such as broccoli, cabbage, onions, milk, dried beans and peas

We must also avoid all beverages that irritate the stomach mucosa or that can increase the production of gastric acid such as alcoholic drinks and spirits, which must be totally removed from the diet.
Also for coffee both decaffeinated and normal and all drinks containing caffeine, as well as particularly icy or cold drinks are deleterious to the stomach.
Soft drinks should also be avoided.

Gastritis diet: what to eat

Then there are foods that can be normally brought to the table or even improve the situation of the stomach:

  • Food with light and low lipid content such as white meat, lean fish, lean and fresh cheeses.
  •  Simple and not processed dishes, boiled, stir fried with extra virgin olive oil or grilled.
  • Foods rich in fibre in particular beans, artichokes, celery, lettuce, cabbage, nettles etc.
  • Foods containing flavonoids, such as apples, celery and blueberries because they can inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori.
  • Foods rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries, cherries and other foods with a high content of vitamins of the B group and rich in calcium, such as almonds, beans, leaf vegetables.

We also need to drink a lot of water but if you prefer other drinks then the following are recommended: fruit juices without acids, milk (little amount), skimmed milk and drinking yoghurt.

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