The Bland Diet

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.


The soft/ bland diet consists of foods that are easily digestible, mildly seasoned and tender. Fried foods, highly seasoned foods and most raw gas-forming fruits and vegetables are eliminated. Drinks containing Xanthine and alcohol should also be avoided.

Foods Recommended Foods to Avoid
MILK &DAIRY 2-3 servings each day

All milk and milk products

Plain mild cheeses

Cottage cheese

VEGETABLES 3-5 servings each day

Mild flavored vegetable juices

Cooked, frozen or canned vegetables as tolerated (asparagus tips, beets, carrots, green or waxed beans, mushrooms, pumpkin, green peas, white or sweet potato, spinach, summer or winter squashes)

Lettuce in small amounts

Salads made from allowed foods

Raw vegetables, dried peas and beans, corn

Gas forming vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, cucumber, green pepper, corn, rutabagas, turnips and sauerkraut
FRUIT 2-4 servings each day

All fruit juices

Cooked or canned fruit without skins, seeds, or tough fibers

Avocados and bananas

Grapefruit and orange sections without membrane

All other fresh and dried fruit

Berries and figs
BREADS AND GRAINS 6-11 servings each day

White, refined wheat, seedless rye breads. Plain white rolls, white melba toast, matzo, English muffin, bagel, pita bread, tortilla

Saltine, graham, soda or plain crackers

Cooked, refined cereals such as cream or wheat, oatmeal, farina, cream of rice. Dry corn and rice cereals such as puffed rice or corn flakes


Enriched rice, barley, noodles, spaghetti, macaroni, and other pastas


Whole grain and very coarse cereals such as bran

Seeds in or on breads, and crackers

Bread or bread products with nuts or dried fruit

Potato chips, fried potatoes, wild rice
MEAT &MEAT SUBSTITUTES 2-3 servings each day

All lean, tender meats, poultry, fish and shellfish

Eggs, crisp bacon

Smooth nut butters

Soybean curd (Tofu) and other meat substitutes


Mildly seasoned meat stock, broth bouillon, or cream soups made with allowed foods

Highly seasoned, cured, or smoked meats, poultry, or fish. Corned beef, luncheon meats, frankfurters, sausages, sardines, anchovies, strongly flavored cheeses and chunky peanut butter are to be avoided.
FATS & SNACKS (use sparingly)

Butter or fortified margarine

Mild salad dressing such as mayonnaise, French or vinegar and oil All fats and oils

Sugar, syrup, honey, jelly seedless jam, hard candies, plain chocolate candies, molasses, marshmallows

Cakes, cookies, pies, pudding, custard, ice cream sherbet, and Jell-O made with allowed foods

Highly seasoned salad dressings with seeds or pickle relish

All sweets and deserts containing nuts, coconut or fruit not allowed

Fried pastries such as doughnuts

All beverages as tolerated

Herb teas, fruit drinks

Iodized salt, flavorings

Seedless jams, taffy, sugar, honey, jelly

Marshmallows, molasses

Mildly flavored gravies and sauces

Pepper, herbs, spices, ketchup, mustard and vinegar in moderation

Caffeine-containing beverages (coffee, tea, colas, orange soda, Dr Pepper)

Alcoholic beverages

Strongly flavored seasonings and condiments such as garlic, barbecue sauce, chili sauce, chili pepper, horseradish, pepper, chili powder and other highly spiced foods

Pickles, seed spices, olives, popcorn, nuts and coconut

Aspirin and aspirin-containing medicines