Bland Diet Benefits, Foods & More

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An upset stomach can be a very unpleasant experience, especially when it's accompanied by nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Whether it's caused by food poisoning, an ulcer or something else, the key to recovery is to help the gastrointestinal tract rest. That's where a bland diet may help.

A bland diet focuses on eating mild foods that don't contain any spices, strong flavors or seasoning, hence the name bland. The idea is to eat foods that are low in fat and fiber and less acidic, making them easier to digest. This should lead to fewer bowel movements.1‘Bland Diet.’ Sara-Bethany Weir. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK538142/

Benefits of a Bland Diet

A bland diet can be beneficial to gut health and prescribed by physicians to treat stomach problems, diarrhea and vomiting that don't respond to other diets or treatments. Using the dietmay also benefit people with excess flatulence, stomach ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease and acid reflux.

A doctor usually recommends a bland diet after a person undergoes intestinal or stomach surgery to help the patient transition back to a regular diet. Everyone's dietary needs are different, so check with a physician or dietitian to ensure a bland diet is what's needed. A bland diet is recommended for the short term, and only when is necessary.

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