Bland diet

9:44 - 12 April , 2022

It is a diet for patients with gastrointestinal diseases who are recovering from surgery or for those who have difficulty chewing and swallowing. It reduces stomach acidity, eliminates all those foods that stimulate gastric secretion, and promotes the patient's well-being. It is based on products that are easy to assimilate, such as liquids, fruits, and vegetables that guarantee minimal effort for the digestive system. It is used in the transition period between the liquid diet, whole or mixed feeding, and normal diet, as well as in inflammatory processes of the digestive system and when there is lipid intolerance. The bland diet includes foods prepared with very little fat and seasoning. Food must be broiled, boiled, baked, or grilled, not fried or breaded. The prescription of this type of diet should always be recommended by a specialist and personalized according to the patient’s needs and diagnoses (rich in fiber, low in residue, without irritants, without dairy products, without fat, without xanthine, without cholecystokinetics, etc.), to adequately balance the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates requirements.

Foods offered at ABC Medical Center as part of a Bland diet*

  • Non-irritating fruit juices (preferably apple, papaya, carrot, grape).
  • Fruits that do not produce abdominal distension (avoid pineapple, watermelon, melon, citrus).
  • Vegetables preferably cooked, not cruciferous (avoid cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, radish, pumpkin).
  • Fat-free soups and creams.
  • Pasta and cereals cooked without fat (rice, potato, spaghetti).
  • Soft meats roasted, baked, or cooked without irritating seasonings.
  • Simple desserts, cooked or baked (no pastry).
  • Natural fruit waters, not carbonated.
  • White, toasted, or wheat bread.
  • Galletas Marías®, saltine crackers with or without fiber.
  • Skim dairy.

*Always subject to the doctor’s instructions.
Only the doctor or nutritionist can authorize any of these foods.

Example menu*:

Breakfast:

  • Apple juice.
  • Papaya.
  • Egg whites scrambled with turkey ham.
  • Toast with jelly.
  • Cold milk
Lunch:
  • Noodle soup.
  • Grilled fish.
  • Mashed potatoes.
  • Cooked vegetables.
  • Bread.
  • Cooked apple.
  • Flavored water.
Dinner:
  • Chicken sandwich.
  • Jello.
  • Marias® with jelly.
  • Chamomile tea
*The amount will be determined by the kilocalories that each patient must consume.