Doctors often recommend a bland diet to patients recovering from surgery, or to individuals experiencing gastrointestinal problems such as severe acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, or colitis. The diet may also help treat peptic ulcers, nausea, and diarrhea. The purpose of a bland diet is to provide nourishment without irritating the digestive tract. Most foods eaten on this diet are lower in fiber and higher in pH, with a soft texture and mild flavor.
Low-fiber fruits such as bananas and melons are generally easy on the stomach. Fruits that are canned or jarred without their peel may also be easy to digest. All these are good options for people on a bland diet. Doctors often recommend against eating the seeds or peels of fruits, which can irritate the digestive tract.
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