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List of Foods to Eat When You Have H. Pylori

by
author image August McLaughlin
August McLaughlin is a certified nutritionist and health writer with more than nine years of professional experience. Her work has been featured in various magazines such as "Healthy Aging," "CitySmart," "IAmThatGirl" and "ULM." She holds specializations in eating disorders, healthy weight management and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her second cookbook and Weight Limit—a series of body image/nutrition-related PSAs.
List of Foods to Eat When You Have H. Pylori
A nutritious diet may help manage H. pylori-related conditions. Photo Credit Ingrid Heczko/iStock/Getty Images

Much of the world's population is infected with H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for most ulcers and many cases of gastritis, or stomach inflammation, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghous. Treatment involves antibiotics, which are most effective if you have H. pylori and an ulcer. Although they aren't a "cure all," certain foods may help minimize your symptoms. For best results, seek guidance from your doctor or dietitian before changing your diet.

Fruits

List of Foods to Eat When You Have H. Pylori
Particularly fiber-rich varieties include raspberries, pears and prunes. Photo Credit ariwasabi/iStock/Getty Images

Fruits are rich sources of antioxidants, which support your body's ability to resist and heal from infections, and fiber, which may help ease ulcer pain. A high-fiber diet may also reduce gastritis symptoms. Particularly fiber-rich varieties include raspberries, pears and prunes. Cranberries and apples contain flavonoids -- chemicals that may stop H. pylori from growing. Cranberry juice, although lower in fiber than whole fruits, is also rich in flavonoids.

Vegetables

List of Foods to Eat When You Have H. Pylori
Sweet potatoes provide ample fiber and rich amounts of antioxidants. Photo Credit Innershadows/iStock/Getty Images

Vegetables, like artichokes, peas, broccoli, spinach and sweet potatoes, also provide ample fiber and rich amounts of antioxidants. If you have gastritis related to H. pylori, the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests consuming garlic, celery and onions, which are valuable flavonoid sources. Avoid high-fat vegetables such as french fries and vegetables prepared in rich, creamy sauces; high-fat foods can worsen gastritis pain.

Whole Grains

List of Foods to Eat When You Have H. Pylori
For maximum benefits purchase breads that display a "100 percent whole grain" label or list whole grains, rather than enriched or refined grains, as top ingredients. Photo Credit Pavel Timofeyev/iStock/Getty Images

Because whole grains contain all parts of the grain, they supply more antioxidants and fiber compared to refined grains. Nutritious whole-grain food options include oats, barley, brown rice, wild rice, air-popped popcorn and 100 percent whole-grain breads, pastas and cold cereals. For maximum benefits, ChooseMyPlate.gov suggests purchasing breads that display a "100 percent whole grain" label or list whole grains, rather than enriched or refined grains, as top ingredients.

Lean Protein-Rich Foods

List of Foods to Eat When You Have H. Pylori
Choose lean protein-rich foods. Photo Credit anna liebiedieva/iStock/Getty Images

Fatty foods delay stomach emptying, increasing your risk for gastritis pain and inflammation. To avoid these risks, choose lean protein-rich foods such as low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, beans and lentils, instead of high-fat meats and cheeses. For heightened benefits when preparing meats and fish, use low-fat cooking methods like baking, broiling, poaching and grilling.

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