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Bland Diet

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Description: The foods on the bland diet are easy to digest, low in residue and lightly seasoned. These foods should not irritate the lining of your stomach and should not cause increased production of stomach acids.

Listed below are types of food that should be avoided with reflux and other stomach conditions. By providing your child with a well-balanced diet and avoiding the items listed below, you will help minimize further problems. Remember everyone is different, just because one food might cause reflux or heartburn in one person does not mean that it may cause it in your child. If a particular food bothers your child then avoid it, no matter if it is on this list or not.

Avoid the following:

  • Dairy- if lactose intolerant
    • Tough meats or fatty meats
    • Whole grains (bread, pasta, rice, cereals, popcorn, etc.)
    • Raw fruits and vegetables with tough skins and/or seeds
    • Gassy vegetables (beans, broccoli, Brussels, beets)
    • Dried fruits
    • Alcohol
    • All Berries
    • Black, red and white pepper
    • Caffeine
    • Chili powder
    • Chocolate
    • Citrus fruits: all types of oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, kiwi
    • Cloves
    • Horseradish
  • Juices: including cranberry, lemonade, grapefruit, orange,
    • Mint (peppermint, spearmint)
    • Mustard
    • Nutmeg
    • Spicy Nuts
    • Olives
    • Onions
    • Peppers, all types
    • Prunes
    • Salad dressing
    • Sauces: barbeque, hot sauce
    • Sodas or Carbonated beverages
    • Tannins (Tea)
    • Tomato products including spaghetti sauce, salsa, raw tomatoes, tomato paste

Recommended Foods:

  • Dairy
  • Tender meats (beef, poultry, pork, fish)
  • Eggs
  • Smooth nut butters
  • Tofu
  • Well cooked vegetables without skins or seeds (potatoes, carrots, peas, squash)
  • Soft fruits without skins or seeds (pears, peaches, bananas)
  • Refined grains (white bread, pasta, rice, etc.)

Sample Meal Plan:


White bread toast
Skim milk
Scrambled eggs


Turkey sandwich with cheese, light mayo on white bread
Light yogurt


Baked chicken
Mashed potatoes with small amount of butter
Vanilla pudding


Banana and Peanut butter
Skim milk

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 05/2018

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