Low-sodium, low-fat, weight-loss: There are hundreds of diets to help any number of medical conditions. A bland diet is generally prescribed for stomach ailments such as ulcers, chronic heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and gas and also after stomach or intestinal surgery. People undergoing chemotherapy often eat bland foods to alleviate nausea.
What is a bland diet?
Bland isn't necessarily boring, but foods on a bland diet tend to be soft, low in fiber, not spicy and easy to digest. People on a bland diet should avoid fried or raw foods, alcohol and caffeine. According to Tufts Medical Center, a bland diet won't cure an underlying condition or disease, but it will help manage symptoms.
Foods that are OK to eat
Foods to avoid
Also, avoid medicine that contains aspirin or ibuprofen.
Sample Bland Diet Menu
Sample healthy bland diet recipe
For people on a bland diet, rice can be their best friend. Here's a basic, no-fail recipe for perfect rice every time:
In a saucepan (at least 1-1/2 quart size pan) bring the salted water to a boil. Add rice, turn the heat down immediately, stir, cover pan tightly with a lid and set a timer for 20 minutes. Do NOT open the lid.
After 20 minutes, turn off the heat and set the covered pan aside for 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff rice with a fork and eat.
Bland diets don't last forever. Follow your doctor's orders, and you may be able to start reintroducing more of your favorite foods before you know it.