Foods to Avoid With H. Pylori Infection

The odds are, either you or someone you is infected with H. pylori: a bacteria that sets up shop in the stomach lining. A recent study from the National Institute of Health reported that 20 percent of people under 40 and more than half of people over 60 are infected. While many people may never even know they're infected, a significant minority will develop gastritis (inflammation in the stomach), ulcers, and in some cases stomach cancer.

The most common symptoms include a burning pain in the abdomen (often right below the ribs). Other symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Black stools

Foods to Avoid with H. Pylori

1. Spicy Foods

Avoid foods that will upset the stomach with H. Pylori
Avoid foods that will upset the stomach with H. Pylori

Avoid spices such as chili powder, black pepper, red pepper, mustard powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mustard seeds. These spices can irritate your stomach, exacerbating the symptoms of H. pylori.

2. High-Fat and Fried Foods

Cut back on high-fat meat and dairy products. These foods may increase inflammation in the stomach lining and provide a perfect environment for H. pylori to thrive. Fatty foods slow down the emptying of the stomach, which can contribute to feelings of bloat or discomfort. Try to avoid red meats in your diet.

3. Refined, Sugary Foods

H. pylori bacteria love sugar and they need it to reproduce. So reducing your intake of foods with added sugar will in turn reduce the amount of H. pylori bacteria in your stomach. Also, processed foods are low in fiber, which helps regulate digestion.

4. Caffeine

Avoid beverages that can irritate the stomach lining including coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

5. Acidic Foods

Acid can make symptoms of H. pylori worse. So foods to avoid would include tomatoes, soft drinks, and citrus fruits. Replace any vinegar with apple cider vinegar instead. Also avoid any pickled foods, since those have a high vinegar content.

Avoid french fries and onion rings
Avoid french fries and onion rings

Foods to Combat H. Pylori

1. Fruits

Rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, fruits help your body fight off infections, reduce ulcer pain, and combat gastritis. Fruits with lots of fiber include raspberries, pears, and prunes. Cranberries and apples are also highly recommended because they contain flavonoids—chemicals that prevent H. pylori from growing.

2. Vegetables

Veggies like artichokes, peas, spinach, and sweet potatoes contain high levels of fiber and lots of antioxidants. Garlic, celery, and onions also contain lots of flavonoids. Broccoli also comes highly recommended, since it contains selenium, diindolylmethan, and sulforaphane, which are anti-carcinogenic and can prevent peptic ulcers from becoming cancerous.

3. Green Tea

Green tea contains lots of polyphenols, which inhibit the growth and spread of H. pylori. Studies have shown that drinking green tea every day can effectively reduce the amount of H. pylori in your system.

4. Ginseng

Recent studies suggest that ginseng can help contain H. pylori infections by suppressing mRNA and protein levels. Studies also show that ginseng can help with the symptoms of gastritis.

5. Iron and B12

H. pylori can interfere with the absorption of iron and B12, leading to anemia. Usually once the infection clears up, the stomach can go back to easily absorbing those minerals. But in the meantime, your doctor may tell you to take supplements or eat foods rich in iron and B12 like poultry, kale, and beans.

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Comments 102 comments

Abdi 6 years ago

so what should I eat then? you left nothing important

amber 6 years ago

hi abdi...i have googled a bit around and i found a forum helicopbacter forum i been reading and there are some good advice,s givin perhaps you see that forum...i have the same problem at the moment i eat just from a list i found ....3 days only fruit,and ricegruel i drink that before sleeping....beside that i drink 4 times a day camomille thee its helping its only 3 days but i feel better and i feel less sick then before...there is a honey what you must get the name is ,,manuka,, honey its killing the bactery...i take that when i done whit this course of fruit i start again to eat normal but carefull...only fresh food and prepare yourself ,get an electric grill ,eat chickenbreast and fish ,grill it...rice is good and fresh green veggy, tomato....but there is a lot of veggy,that you can make...just try it please you will feel better.....goodluck....amber

Claudia 6 years ago

if I can't eat any of the food list above, what can I eat then?

jean  6 years ago

I have been suffering for the past two months - Pylori H infection--- am taking tabs precribed by doc--- but the pain and burning sensation comes often on the right side of my stomach--- what do i eat and what do i avoid -- Pls help --tks

louise 5 years ago

am from nairobi,kenya

i have the bacteria i have read about the MANUKA HONEY where can i get it?

Jan Davis 5 years ago

Where can I get Manuka Honey?

Shailaja 5 years ago

I have had this infection 8 years ago and suffered with severe vomitting for more than an year before doctor could cure me.I went through 3-4 different doctors.Avoiding spicy food was enough for me and cut back all junk and fried and sodas.Drink plenty of liquids specially water.With this diet watch I mentioned above I was cured in just 6 months and today I eat any and everything without any problem.The main reason for this infection is food contamination.

April 4 years ago

Hi my name is April and I just found out that I have h pylori. My doctor put me on 4 different medications but I wonna know do it work? If not what else should I do and take to get Reed of it?

Eva 4 years ago

I too just found out that i have been infected. This disease is not nice. I feel sick all the time. I am glad to have found this website. The doctor didn't tell me what foods to avoid, so maybe that's why i feel so bad. Thank you for the info.

4 years ago

April: I'm assuming you're taking a couple antibiotics, prilosec (also called omepradex or omeprazole among other names), and something else to aid with symptoms.

Considering you posted this 4 weeks ago: if you are not feeling better by now, then you need to go back to the doctor and ask to speak to a gastroenterologist - it is likely that you developed an ulcer or some other gastrointestinal issue.

Isabel 4 years ago

Thank you all for your post. It helped me tremendously!

I went to my Gatroenterologist. Had a Colonoscoy & endoscopy. Did the 8 pills a day for 2 weeks. Now that that's finished, I am still just as bad. Doctors neglect to tell people on what foods to avoid. Needless to say, I have been eating exactly ALL the foods that is on the list to avoid. Go figure! You think doctors have more sense as to give a patient a piece of paper with things to avoid.

Sonia Ellsworth 4 years ago

I have h-pyloris infection about year and I took stronger medication for that but doesn't work. The problem is because the Doctor give us medication but then never tell us what kind the food we have avoid in this time. Thank you everybody for all information here , help me a lot , God bless all and happy new year. Sonia

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top-bannana 4 years ago from England

I found out a week ago i have this and have now changed my diet to basically vegetables with a little fruit and loads of water and within days the symptoms have all but cleared. It was tough the first few days but is getting easier now that i'm off all banned foods. I have the antibiotics but have yet to use them and the symptoms are minimal now compared to almost critical before. Its not an easy diet to follow but i do love salads (though i do have chillis as these don't effect me, so i put chillies in my salad, tastes fab). Other things i have is raw onions and raw garlic, adds loads of flavour to my salad and the garlic is a natural antibiotic.

It's not an easy journey but my symptoms were so bad that my choice was limited. If you do give up these foods expect some serious cravings first few days, but think like this the cravings are coming from the bug not from you and they will pass and every time you eat these foods you are feeding this bug. I currently drink nothing but water and vegetable juice and the extreme tiredness that came from this bug has now passed. I would urge anyone who has this to really consider what this lady has written here she gives good advice and avoid these foods. Good luck and great hub thanks for posting

It's not an easy journey but my symptoms were so bad that my choice was limited. If you do give up this food expect some serious cravings first few days, but think like this the cravings are coming from the bug not from you and they will pass. I currently drink nothing but water and vegetable juice and the extreme tiredness that came from this bug has now passed. I would urge anyone who has this to really consider what this has written and avoid these foods. Good luck and great hub thanks for posting

mona K. 4 years ago

Omg...I thought I was the only one with this awful infection. My pain is on the left side of my stomach right below my heart. I also was not told what foods to avoid. I am taking the meds for 10 days on am on day 7 and still have pain. I hate it. I could actually see that area swell up...I will definitely drink more water and avoid foods on the list. I hope we all get better soon from this...

Adesund from Nigeria 4 years ago

I am glad to have gotten here, I have been troubled so much for years. Doc would give me a powerful antibiotic and yet no much changes, at times I am treated for ulcer... But the fact is the pain goes and returns on the right side and left, scan and urinalysis have been done, but doc prescribes drugs and infact, I just completed a dosage and yet no diff. I researched on garlic and ginger, but how helpful are they?

Khelen hijam 4 years ago

I was confirm for h pylori infection last month and gone through combination therapy for one week followed by rabeprazole and domperedone sustain release tablet for 45 days before medication my stomach was burning on left side just below the chest and sometimes it radiates upto mouth and i am so weak that i feel like i am going to collapsed fortunately everything is very slowly controlling

Hailey 4 years ago

I was recently diagnosed with this terrible infection.i have never felt so bad in my symptoms were bad taste to appetite stomach discomfort and pain.i have been on triple therapy prev PAC and to say the truth I feel worse. What worked for u guys besides medicines?

Micheal475 4 years ago

Does water really help?

Priscilla 4 years ago

I can't really tell for how long i have had this bug but, i found out about a week ago and just started my two course of meds. I was not advised on what i should eat but thanks to the internet.

I have added acidophilous(Probiotics)to my treatment as well as 1000mg of vitamin C. Make sure to take the probiotics atleast two hrs after/before taking an antbiotic. And i have changed my diet a little which was not a problem because i always watch what i eat, i work out moderately too.

I have taken the meds for about five days, i feel a lot better. I don't even have to take beano just to eat an orange. I have not felt this great in a long time.

When i wake up i drink luke warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice and little apple cider vinegar. I will update you on my progress.


Jj429 4 years ago

Does water help at all?

Tina harmon 4 years ago

Hi I was also diagnoised a few weeks ago with this horrible infection have had my triple therapy course which was awful have no energy feel dizzy and suffer with chest pain needless to say I have been back and forward to doctor am so fed up feelin this way have appointment for breath test in few weeks to c if treatment worked not very optimistic I also finding it very hard to swallow food anybody relateing to this hav any similar symptoms or positive outcomes would help x tina

Beverly 4 years ago

I was diagnosed a week ago with H Pylori, and the only thing I was told to avoid was caffeine. I have done so much researching, but can't seem to find anything that I can eat. Does anyone have any ideas?

Lisa bunter 4 years ago

Heyy Tina I took the triple therapy pack as well and it dd not help me. I also have some troubles swallowing food and I pretty much have similar symptoms. Anything new that helped you ?

Amber 493 4 years ago

Beverly-foods that will help you are yoghurt and broccoli. All fruits and vegetables are fine as long as there not spicy (peppers). I was diagnosed and have been having troubles but foods that don't irritate are chicken(Micky d's grilled). How is everyone doing? Any other questions? -I know quite about it because I've been dealing with this for a while. :(

karen 4 years ago

I just found out today that I had this horible thing and iv been like this for years and the drs have put it down to stress all the dr said to me your just trying to find things wrong with yourself,well I walked out the drs so upset and then started to think to myself maybe it is all in my head.then afew years ago I asked for an xray because of the pain in my belly under my rib because I thought it would show something ,but it didn't,but today after so many years of feeling sick. Pains in my belly and tiredness ,headaches and feeling bloated,looking like I was just about to drop a baby,ii find out I have scared with all the things I have read on the net, I feel dirty and unhighgenic now which im scared for my four children as I read it cam be so worried which is making me feel so much worse. I started my tablets today.

karen 4 years ago

I was reading that nuts were ok so I ate them on and off all day but then read somewere eld to avoid them,everyone says thing different and im confused.can I eat bread. Or chrisps or is it just rabbit food lol .and its my second day on tablets and I have had a headache that will not go away and I feel so drained and light headed dizzy feeling is that normal .hope someone answers me thank you.

To Karen from dr. T 4 years ago

Karen-Yes that is normal(your dizziness and other side affects) I had the same things and nuts aren't the best things but they aren't the worst either.(if you can avoid them) you can have bread and chips but make sure your getting enough water and nutrition.and about your children it is not that contagious but I recommend not cooking barehanded for them and don't kiss or lick anyone thing whicjph will have epithelial effect of them getting it.everybody who lived In my house got a test for h pylori but that is up to you. If they have any side affects I would get a test as soon as possible.I hope this helped.

If you or anyone else has additional questions just let me know

karen 4 years ago

Dr t. Thank you for answering me.and I think I will get my children tested as I have kissed them especially my 4year old.omg I feel so bad.and I haven't said anything to my husband yet I feel like iv got some really bad discustne desease and no one will want to come near me I havet told anyone because I feel ashamed for some reason.does it make anyone else feel like this.

Hamish99 4 years ago

My husband found out on Thursday that he has this disease. He also is a coeliac (gluten free)and has just begun the antibiotic course yesterday. Going well until this morning when feeling week and vomited which hasn't happened for a while so he is now resting. Thought I would seek further help and glad to have found somewhere where others have experienced the same problem. He started feeling sick just before Christmas and was sick on and off for a while whilst we were on holidays. Thought it was a stomach bug but doctor just diagnosed helicobactor so we were hoping that the tablets would be the cure. I am thinking as everyone else has mentioned that the food must play a big part in the recovery so will change this and see how we go. It seems fresh vegetables, water only, no spices is the way to go. Has anyone found the yoghurt to be beneficial?? He has lost a few kilos in this process also and I don't want him to lose any more weight. Would appreciate any further help.

To Karen from dr.t 4 years ago

You are welcome I lived with 3 others and none of them had it. Good luck let me know the results!!! And don't be afraid to tell there's its not easily contagious but it is possible!! And any other questions don't be shy to ask!!!

Hope all is well!!

Hamish99 from dr.t 4 years ago

Yoghurt is good because it antibiotics turns your good bacteria to bad bacteria and yoghurt will have an effect on this not happening. If your husband is experiencing acid reflex I would stay away from dairy(yoghurt). Broccoli is also the best vegetable to have with h pylori.

Any additional questions??

Bin from dr.t 4 years ago

All your side affects are normal. The triple therapy can cause bad taste headaches tiredness and any side affects you usually get on other medicine/antibiotics. I hope all is well!!!

Any additional questions??

Bin for dr.t 4 years ago

Is that possible 2 stop the triple teraphy if i feel ok?

Bin 4 years ago

Is that possible 2 stop the triple medicine if we feel fine before finishing z medicine

Bin from dr.t 4 years ago

No do not stop until your final dosage is up you want to keep taking it so no other side affects occur or it comes back

Bin 4 years ago

The triple theraph makes me so weak, dizzy n' tired so is that normal?

Bin from dr.t 4 years ago

Yes those are the normal side affects of the pills

Any other questions???

Bin from dr.t 4 years ago

If you are not experiencing acid reflex than eggs will be a good source of protein

Bin 4 years ago

Now i finished my medicine so can i eat anythin' i want???

Bin from dr.t 4 years ago

Yes u can but are u experiencing acid reflux

Bin 4 years ago

What kind of acid reflux???

Jin 4 years ago

You can keep erasing my comments as much as you want blessedmom. Obviously, you have time to do that, but no time to answer others. Do you feel offended, because you have no idea what you are talking about. When you decide to write a blog about a subject such as H.P, you should research it extensively before you post a bunch of false statements.

Alexander Ali 4 years ago

My mother found out about her case a year back, it's degenerated till it's on a severe point where her stool is bloody and now her urine is streaked with blood as well, i have spent a fortune trying out all natural remedies,foods and hospital drugs which have worsened her condition more and more, she is almost permanently bedridden now.

What can you recommend me to use, Manuka honey is very good, at least that's what i have heard, but in Kenya we don't have it, i have looked for it trust me.

What leaner foods can she eat?

please am so desperate i am at a loss what to do.

Please reach me on

Jerry 4 years ago

My wife was found to have the H Pylori lnfection. By the time they found it she had lost 58 pounds and couldn't eat. She's been having a very sick stomach even since she finished the drugs given to her to get rid of the virus.She hasn't been able to eat only drink fluids. She became so dehydrated the other day I had to rush her to the emergency room to get IV fluids. She's doing a little better but is still sick at her stomach. I bought the Manuka Honey last night and started giving it to her. I'm buying only fresh vegetables from the store and cleanining and cooking them for her( No Canned Foods ). I hope this works because we are at a point that doctors just look at us and scratch their heads as usual. She is also drinking Ensure to help her get vitamins she needs. I wish all of you well with this infection from hell.

faye.zixun 4 years ago

Can you just tell me that why I am should not eat tomatoes and drink tomato juice which are rich vitamin C, and ,we know that is good for stomack !

Hamish99 4 years ago

Hi, My husband has been sick for 3 months. He had the antibiotic treatment but didn't seem to improve until this week. I read on the internet that it takes 6-8 weeks following the treatment until you can be tested again to see if the helicobacter has gone. He has also just had a colonoscopy/endoscopy which I recommend so that your insides can be fully checked. This is the first week since before Christmas that he has felt like eating and lost in total 13 kilos. He is still eating plain food but for the first time in a long time is feeling a lot better. We are also hoping that we can go over a week without actually being sick. Good luck with it I will keep you posted.

simu 4 years ago

@faye you raised my worry. please tell me why tomato juce is not advisable? please give me some advice.

nichole 4 years ago

i've had this for about 2 years now, doctors recently discovered it, and i was giving 3 different antibiotics. its been 2 weeks since i've been off of the antibiotics, yet im still feeling the same, even a little worse. i'm not quite sure what i should do now, and also i stay away from the foods on the list as well.

jane 4 years ago

have heard about this manuka honey so much and i believe in it,where can i get it?

Gypsy 4 years ago

Can u actually believe I had H.pylori last Septemer 2011 and the Dr didn't even tell me. Not until February 2012 he actually prescribed me the triple therapy for the 1st time thats because I asked for a blood work to be done. I feel like a bug lady from the XFiles where the bug enters inside your skin and crawls to nest. Horrible feeling. I completed the 1st therapy but now I feel so so tired as if Im about to collapse from sleep while standing. Strange feeling. Has anyone felt this way after and before treatment. Its said to be contagious. but how contagious. I wouldn't want my love ones to have this horrible bug. Lets all find a cure to kill this ugly creature inside our stomach.

faiz 4 years ago

ohh my God now i am little bit comfrtable i thought that i am the one who has this terrible problm, but now am satisfied that its nt soo danger.i have this problm since 2 years and last month dr. done my endoscopy and many other tests and thn it diagnosed that i have H.P..wellaccording to me we should control our diet bcoz medicen is nt more recovrable nd with above diet now am feeling more bettr thn before

wish u all best of luck :)

Dr ck reddy 4 years ago

please let know indian food schedule for a known case of H-pylorus?

Jazz 4 years ago

I've been suffering with this horrible disease for almost 5 years, I'm beginning to think I can't get rid of it my dumb ass gastro treated me for colitis & the meds made me feel better but that isn't what I have, I have blood in my stool constant bloating, gas weight loss it's awful it messes with my sinuses I'm so tired of living with this disease I haven't felt normal in years & I too think I've passed it to my children I changed everything I don't smoke nor drink anymore & I only eat healthy foods this is the worse disease ever I have severe arthritis joint pain I don't know how I got this disgusting bug I really really needs helpdon't drink soft drinks or anything besides water I don't knowwhat to do. I just want to feel normal again.

faiz 2 4 years ago

:(((( @ Jazz bro i have also the same problem since three years, and like you i also taking care a lot for eating but this bledy becteria is not going away to me can you help me to tell that which food you are eating and what is the worst thing to eat during this horrible plori really i am also very sad and just wants my norma days back:(

faiz 2 4 years ago

how can i purchase Manuka honey here in Saudi arab please any one can tell me

Shelly 4 years ago

I read the full page, its really informative and gave answers of my so many problems and questions. After completed the first step, virus still resists. Going for endoscopy on this Wednesday to find out the reason. I have one big problem along with this bug is Hepatitis-C. During Hepatitis C treatment my doctor found this HP. I would like to advise to those who have hepatitis c is that go for HP test first and get treated if it comes positive then go for the Hepatitis c treatment because two problems together is a big challenge. I request to all of you prayers fr me. One more thing i would like to share that apple is good for HP patient i experienced.

faiz 2 4 years ago

@ shelly u raise my worry now i have to check up for hepatites c also

Amina A. I. 4 years ago

I wish down deep from my heart for everybody to get rid of this ?;4()$$8 bacteria. I can totally feel n understand each n everybody pain. Im suffering from stomach pain from 3 n a half week. First day I went to ER she didn't say anything but what ever she gave me made me feel much better. After 2 days I felt smthg wrong with my stomach I went again n he told its an infection. He gave medication for a month. However after 2 weeks I felt still smthg wrong I went to a doctor at SMCH dr Nabeel. I told him I have pain in my stomach. Then ( because everything is computerized) he told me but u have this problem from 3 weeks I said yes. I started telling him the symptoms ( I wrote them down on a paper it's really important to give the doctor the right symptoms to enable to diagnose it). He said its probably Helicobacter Pylori he asked me to do the blood test n the ultrasound. And he said we will start with medication on the spot he gave me Peptazol before breakfast in the morning and Neurobion vitamin 2 a days after breakfast n dinner n Motilium I believe before dinner.

The problem is I'm 39 kg n I'm 165 m I'm so skinny. I have problem eating so u can imagine with this bug how miserable my kid is. Moreover physiologically I'm not ok a bug in my tummy n I'm skinny. I easily lose my apptite. I don't know this is my second day with my Midication. I went yesterday to ER for IV. I'm really afraid to get weaker cuz I have nothing to lose more.

Please do pray for me to heal as soon as possible.

It was really a relief to read Ur experiences. This y I decided for the first time to write what I'm going through. It helped me to read I hope it helps somone else. I will inshaAllah try having honey n mix small quantity of garlic with yoghurt n have ( I'll be carefull with garlic cuz I'm already suffering from acidity in my stomach)

Insha'Allah I will write again after I get rid if this bug n tell u what really worked for me.

Thank u to all of u again n get well soon.

Julia 4 years ago

hi, im thinking of being a vegetarian, is that bad or will it help my h pylori?

Rob 4 years ago

Hello, I just found out that ive been diagnosed with H Pylori, Ive been through the most stressful time of my life with break up of my relationship, and I ended up with this disease Im like What the hell did I do to deserve all this. Can stress help with the growth of this bacteria, Im trying to be as possitive as I can, but its realy getting to me emotionaly im always angry all the time because Im hungry and if I eat I feel pain, that pain lasts 6 hours str8 I get so frustrated.

fruity 4 years ago

Oh god.

I think i have this infecrion

everytime i eat aomething, i get this burning sensation inmystomach which doesn't seem to go away.

I cant even sleep.

have to go doctors soon.. Nd plus have my midyeara for ywar twelve next week.. (gonna fail)

What should i eat?! What should i not eat?

Im not even getting proper aleep.

i can feel the bloating aswell

have lost so much weigt..

faiz 4 years ago

This idiot bug is just worst deases ever i have seen,some time its makes me like i just wants to die really,feeling soooo sleepy and tired also pain in my stomac,i am caring too much even during eat but this shit is not going away,i don't know what to do:(((

Brandon 4 years ago

Try Mastic gum its helped a lot with killing this ugly bug. If you have any questions I can help you.

faiz 4 years ago

masting gum is what is it any gum can i get it frm saudi arabia??and also tell me which fruit is best to eat during this bug??

Lallura 4 years ago

I have been suffering for the past eight months - Pylori H infection--- am taking tabs three weeks precribed by doc--- but the pain and burning sensation comes still on the right side of my stomach--- what do i eat and what do i avoid -- Pls help --tks

What you should do... 4 years ago


Fruit is an important component of any diet, as it contains essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants. If you have gastritis, you should consume two to four servings of fruit per day. Good choices include apples or apple juice, bananas, peaches, pears, applesauce and canned fruit, grapes, melon and kiwi. On average, servings are one medium piece of fresh fruit, 1/2 cup of canned fruit and 4 oz. of fruit juice. You may need to avoid some types of fruit due to pain and irritation. These include orange and grapefruit juice, figs, berries and dried fruit.


Vegetables are also rich in nutrients and will help you maintain a healthy weight. You should consume two to four servings of vegetables per day. Eating 1 cup of fresh vegetables, 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables, 4 oz. of vegetable juice or 2 cups of salad greens are excellent ways to increase vegetables in your diet. Some vegetables are gas producing and may cause discomfort. You will need to try vegetables and determine which ones to avoid. Vegetable juices, peppers, chilies, onion, garlic and tomato products tend to cause the most problems.


Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, making them necessary for a healthy diet. However, you should limit your intake of milk and other dairy foods to two to three servings per day. Additionally, you should select low-fat or fat-free varieties when possible. This will help control the production of stomach acid. Good sources of vitamin D and calcium are 1/2 cup of low-fat ice cream, 1 cup of low-fat yogurt, 2 oz. of cheese, 4 oz. of pudding, 2 eggs or 8 oz. of low-fat or skim milk.

Meat, Poultry and Fish

Most meat, poultry and fish are well tolerated if you have gastritis. The best choices are lean, tender meats, skinless poultry, seafood, fish, shellfish, tofu and soybeans. You should eat two to four 3-oz. servings of these types of foods each day. Avoid fried, greasy or high-fat cuts and highly seasoned or spicy options. Typically, broiling, grilling or roasting are the best-tolerated cooking methods.


On average, you should consume between six and 10 servings of grains per day. Enriched bread and cereals, whole grain bread and crackers, oatmeal, rice, potatoes, barley, graham crackers, pasta, noodles and macaroni products are good examples of acceptable grains. A typical serving size is 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup of rice, cooked cereal or pasta, 3/4 cup dry cereal or 6 crackers. Products that may cause you discomfort or irritation include coarse cereals and breads, seeds, potato chips or French fries, refried beans and fatty fried pastries.


Fluids are important to clean out your gastrointestinal tract and soften fiber. You should drink between six and eight 8-oz. glasses of liquid per day. Water is the ultimate beverage; it replenishes your body, has no calories and does not cause irritation. Fruit drinks, caffeine-free tonics, carbonated beverages and mild herbal teas are also acceptable if you can tolerate them. You should avoid coffee, black tea, soft drinks, hot cocoa and alcohol because they will cause discomfort and irritation.

You can eat foods rich in flavonoids such as onions, garlic, apples, celery and cranberries may inhibit the growth of H pylori bacteria.

Nice 4 years ago

I've been having these terrible disease for almost a year now and am really getting frustrated!I love tomatoes and I just realized that there are so much foods l need to stop taking!someone help!!

sue 4 years ago

how does h-pylori start ?

Elias 4 years ago

Well done for getting off the big 3 at least!

The discovery and treatment of helicobacter pylori follows a very similar pattern to many bacterial diseases: internal medicine does not have a clue how to get rid of it; while the bacteria is dependent upon the pH of the environment. Although, medicine has made some very helpful discoveries regarding it.

Although this is slightly more complex considering the h. pylori harbors itself in the lining of the stomach, surviving on the acidic environment. Medicine is slowly finding more and more foods which are at least found to supress its' growth (and not surprisingly they are all highly alkaline-forming and low in sugar).

One key thing medicine has found is that h. pylori is completely dependent upon the presence of urease. Urease is a binding protein which is found in essentially all foods which contain bacteria and yeast. Its' function is to catalyze the hydrolysis of urea into carbon dioxide and ammonia; which the helicobacteria love. In fact, the correlation between helicobacteria and urease is so strong, that the presence of urease is a predominant indication for the medical diagnosis of any helicobacter condition.

It is not surprising that the antibiotics made you more sick. Using that drug as an anti-bacterial treatment is about as stupendously untargeted as chemotherapy. All antibiotics will produce strained enzymatic respiration, which will only increase the ammonia which feeds the h. pylori. Why medicine does not consider this before they prescribe antibiotics is beyond me.

The only way to eliminate the h. pylori is to develop and maintain the intake basically identical to those who have candida. (From a toxedema perspective, the problem is essentially the same.)

In short, you want to restrict high-sugar foods, yeast foods, and other strong-bacteria foods as much as you possibly can. The sugar and yeast is feeding the h. pylori at the moment. To be honest, it is quite surprising that the honey has helped your condition. In a lot of cases, the thing with the most benefits from the intake of honey would be the h. pylori itself.

There are many people here with candida problems, and strong positive dietary strategies to eliminate it. They might give some tips here, but if not, there are many topics here about candida - which will essentially tell you to not intake yeast (a good idea in any scenario however), and restrict sugar.

One thing I do not know is how long it takes to starve the h. pylori with a diet of low sugar and no yeast. I would say, probably, the most effective and realistic diet over at least a moderate period of time is to consume no yeast, and restrict your fruit intake to those with low sugar (or potentially no fruit for the time being).

Ladytron 3 years ago

I was diagnosed with chronic gastritis, hernia, esophagitis, gerd, and doudenitis 3 years ago. My doctor prescribed me with antibiotics and proton pump inhibitor, nexium and amoxicillin. I also changed my diet and avoided those spicy, acidic foods and beverages but the symptoms keep coming back. I tried candida diet because i suspect that i also have candidiasis but the symptoms still exists and i didn't know what to do and what to eat anymore. Last week, i felt pain in my right abdomen so i went to hospital for check up and my doctor advice me to have an ultrasound. There was nodule in my liver but it's not the caused of my abdominal pain. I underwent another endoscopy procedure to checked if my gastritis has been cured already. But to my surprised my stomach became more inflamed and damaged due bacterial infections caused by h. pylori. My doctor prescribed me with triple therapy i.e nexium, klaricid and amoxicillin for seven days. But i'm still worried about these little bugs inside my stomach. I researched the internet about h. pylori, what type of strain and if they really thrive on an acidic stomach. Many health researchers and practitioners have said that h. pylori is the only bacteria that thrives on an acidic stomach for many years because these type of bacteria can move easily in gastric mucosal lining due to it's capability to produce urease enzyme to protect themselves from hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Therefore, h.pylori can create an alkaline environment to protect themselves from gastric acids. Symptoms like gastritis, bloating, stomach cramps, gerd, acid reflux and ulcer doesn't mean you are acidic. These symptoms are also the same if you have a LOW STOMACH ACID. So, the more you take anti acid, anti histamine and acid blocking drugs like proton pump inhibitor the more h. pylori will survive because the stomach environment is not acidic. The most common cause of gastritis and ulcer is bacterial infections like h. pylori due to low stomach acid. Unless your stomach has been damaged by excessive intake of alcohol and drugs then your stomach would become inflamed which causes gastritis and ulcer. If you experienced the symptoms visit your doctor and have an h. pylori test and stomach acid test, so that your doctor will prescribed you with the right medicines.

By the way, i'm on the second week of medications but i did not take proton pump inhibitor (ppi's) which my doctor prescribed, because i suspect i have a low stomach acid. Instead, i took mega dose of vitamin c 500 mg 3 times a day, along with natural organic herbal supplements like turmeric and garlic capsules, virgin coconut oil 2 tbsp. 2 times daily before meals and oregano oil 2 capsules daily. I ate fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals. I drink Yakult probiotic everyday which is very important to replenish good bacteria killed by antibiotics. I still remain on candida diet - no refined sugar, carbohydrates, coffee, sugar added foods and beverages, junk foods, dairy, vinegar and soy sauce. I still want to try organic apple cider vinegar and dry red wine. Hope this will help clear all my symptoms and fully eradicate the bacteria in my stomach. (^_^) MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Jeff 2 years ago

Canola oil is not a healthy oil

Aud 2 years ago

I have just got diagnosed with HP a week ago, but have been feel these sick symptoms for the past 3years! I will definitely be cutting back on a lot of foods now that I see it's working for a lot of people. But I am a smoker, I know cigarettes are bad for you period!, but does it play a role with HP???

shewit hagos 2 years ago

my name is shewit,i am from ethiopia before 3monthis i have been feel ;burnning around the heart and the stomach,feber,vomiting,a lot of agas and others. after that my d.r giveen me antibiotic drugs but,it does't work.from now i will tray to avoid such foods,wich are listed above thanks.

reem 2 years ago

Hi my name is reem and i was diagnosed with this bacteria two weeks ago.. i never felt any symptoms of pain or heartburn in my stomach, but i had to do an endoscopy cuz my sister died of stomach cancer last july.. they took a lot of biopsies from my stomach and found out that i was diagnosed with h.pylori and inflamation of my small instine. anyhow after i started taking the 3 med streatment i started to feel sick and aches in my stomach which i never felt before. i started eating healthy but the pain is still there. iam writing this and a feeling of discomfort is in my stomach as if i have a rock sitting on the top of my stomach.. iam a smoker and hopefully i will stop smoking tomorrow, i have been trying to stop for the last three weks but it has been a bit difficult.. what should i do, i have another endoscopy on april 27 hope it will be gone by then. i feel with u all, it quite scary especially that my sister died of gastric cancer. u start thinking the worse.. please tell me what i should do i will finish the two week treatment of antibiotics tomorrow night and i will definitly start eating health, no sugar no yeast no oranges. jees u don't know what to eat anymore.. this article and ur comments had helped me a lot... oh and aud my dr. forbid from smoking but since then i have been trying to stop.. hopefully tomorrow will be a success for me to stop.. please anyone out there help out..hope u all feel better and may god bless u all and heal u all.. lots of love reem

bea 2 years ago

I have gone through a ten day course of 1,700mg. of two antibiotics a day. I've been switched three times due to side effects. finally completed the ten days, although I thought I was going to die. Felt weak, tired, more stomach pain, terrible diarea dizzy and nauseated. went back, had the breath test done. waited two days only to be told it's not cleared. running out of antibiotic options due to my sensitivity to them. Dr. prescribed another ten day course. Truly have not taken them after reading all the side effects. Don't know what to do. Lost weight, gained it back....Is there another alternative? I read the reviews on the Manuka Honey. want to try it, but there seems to be a contradiction on it. I feel each and every one of you, because I too have this disgusting infection to deal with. I went on a three month diet of fresh fruits and veggies, it did seem to help much, but I want to know if there is another way of curing this nightmare of an infection. Thanx all. Most comments helpful.

dutch 2 years ago

I have had this for as long as I have know, maybe 10 years, could not tolerate the antibiotics they give you to clear it up, I will be trying the Manuka honey and Brocoli sprouts which are suppose to be very beneficial for it, any other suggestions will be much appreciated.

Agnes 2 years ago

I am too on the second week of triple dose of antibiotics and i thought i should feel ok by then. Instead of i fainted yesterday in the bathroom :-( is it normal to feel weak, tired, not eating much and constantly sleeping .... 2 years ago

I have a tremendous amount of empathy for all of you who have all these terrible symptoms. I have H. Pylori but the only symptoms I have is bad breath, blood in my stool and several BM's per day, which is not normal for me. I'm obviously very lucky I don't have any of the pain you are all experiencing.

I started the triple treatment yesterday and scheduled a colonoscopy since I have had several pre-cancerous tumors removed in prior colonoscopies.

My refrigerator isn't working properly and the temp inside is between 50 and 60 degrees so I believe I got the infection from eating mayonnaise that has spoiled. I don't have any food in the refrigerator and can't get any until it gets replaced.

I eat a lot of vegetables and beans, which are on the above list as being beneficial to ending the infection.

I wish all of you the best of luck in finding some sort of cure. I did a Google search for H. Pylori and found several supplements that have been tested and seem to aid in stopping and preventing this infection.

Paul H 2 years ago

I ate a can of Sweet Sue chicken & dumplings. 30 minutes later I had severe abdominal pain. After suffering for 48 hours I finally went to the Urgent Care center. I caught H Pylori from contaminated food. $700. worth of antibiotics and I just took my first round. The doctors did not tell me anything about the infection, foods to avoid, or foods I should eat. I am so glad to have found this sight.

Lanie 2 years ago

Im 33 and had the symptoms since 4th grade. I was only diagnosed with h. Pylori a few days back and I'm on the triple treatment. The good food list: everything on it makes me nauseas. Fresh fruit, fresh veggies especially. Every time I eat, I have to suffer. I can't take it anymore. All food seems to be bad for me.

Pauline 2 years ago

I have had a bad stomach for years, was told it was my steroid treatment. Saw a different doctor and was told h.pylori. Had 3 day treatment seemed better then put on a rheumatoid drug. Then all symptoms returned. Now have to control my diet and get better

elizsbeth 19 months ago

Hi I've just been told I've got h.pylori it's not nice feel constantly sick scared to eat incase I am sick I'm taking the treatment but feel no better but apparently eating broccoli is very good Apple cranberries red grapes.pears and prunes are also good gluten free diet and diary products don't eat use cows milk instead spinach peas and sweet potatoes is also good hope this list helps people Coz this is what I'm going to do also stay away from red meat

Elizabeth 19 months ago

Sorry in my last statement I meant to say use goat's milk not cow's milk

MUNENE 19 months ago

Am from Kenya and i think this bugg is a disaster...just bn diagnosed. Can anyone please tell me the food to eat..thanks

wendy 19 months ago

I have battled h pylori for about 15 years. About to start another round of antibiotics. I cannot eat any fruits or veggies, if I do eat them, it causes me to throw up and have violent diarrhea. What am I to eat? I work at publix super. Market and Im about to loose my job because sometimes I cant work while I am throwing up and have diarrhea. They think Im a hypocondriac. Nobody but my husband understands

Tess 18 months ago

It says we can't drink tea or have any caffeine ...but my question is -

I want to drink Green Tea and it's under the part we can drink however, it contains Caffeine and it is Tea in which both "Caffeine" and "Tea" are located under the things we CANNOT I don't understand? I w

jess 17 months ago

I just found out I was feeling heartburn I veen on meds 12 days now I didn't have vomiting just diarhia ao avoid sugar ans spices I only eat whole gran cereal and bread salmon broccilli and beans no white rice whole gran add only and green tea is good no sugar doctors arent gonna tell you u have to looj it up yourself but glad my doctoe tested me asap when I expkain symptoms

Terri 16 months ago

Hello I too was diagnosed with H-Pylori. I cant believe how common it is. I was planning a trip to see family when I had a very sudden onset of right sided stomach pain that was quickly followed by vomiting. I went to ER and spent the next 5 days in the hospital. When my doctor suggested to get a GI doctor involved I was relieved. They did a CT scan in the ER which showed I had colitis (on my left side). No pain on my left side. I had a colonoscopy and it was completely negative. He then did an endoscopy which showed possible ulcers. My GI doctor took samples which came back with H=Pylori. No doctor ever told me foods to eat or avoid. I am glad I found this site. I have done alot of research. I am just finishing up 2 wks of antibiotics. I'm not supposed to see my GI doctor for another 3 months. I am going in sooner as I'm not feeling any better. Alot of gastric pain still. Thank you for sharing this site. It has been helpful.

Joy Hampton 15 months ago

I have H pylory, took antibiotics and pump inhibitors. Felt better for awhile but starting heart burn again. Pine apple is great for the acid reflux symptoms and pain in side. I take fresh ginger for sick feeling I get. I suspect I have H pylori still/again. I will work on natural cure this time.

Olga 15 months ago

3 days ago i was diagnose of h.phylori, which is written WEAK POSITIVE, doctor did not explain any further all he said that i have some bacteria in my stomach, now im taking anti biotics and some tablets given, am i in any danger with this infection, also i got some skin allergies prior to this bug, i dont feel pain in my stomach, no vomiting ad well, can anyone explain further please and thank you in advance, God Bless

kaitte 15 months ago

Well duh to the ones that didnt change their diet it's common sense the Internet is accessible to everyone..first rule "research research research" doctors don't know everything. . I've been educating people on this journey. In this Internet age we are responsible for our own health. High carbs and pricessed sugars was the culprit in my case. So I no longer eat heroin (sugar) . high fructose corn laced products unlimited carbs . My dietician told me no more than what can fit in 1 cupped hand..did you know that wheat is a major filler in our processed foods. Look on the box almost everything processed is wheat filled..unless it's gluten free. Processed Wheat is a major contributor to gut maladies it's cheap companies are making big bucks for cheap food . Makes you eat more . YOU'RE Never Full . I'm not perfect but I've been eating as much local organic fruits and veghies i can find . Wash it liberally . Two weeks of anti biotics and I'm feeling better . I will not go back to eating heroin sugar processed foods or massive plates of carbs . Pasta rice breads . I love them all but only a cup handful .

Beverly A 14 months ago

This is my second round. I think it's worse this time. Need to know the best foods to eat I'm miserable

Melinda 14 months ago

I like this site and all the feedback from the past few years. I have probably had H Pylori for most of my life- I suffered with canker sores as a kid. About 5 years ago I started having back problems and I think the stress of that brought out the HP infection. I went round and round to many doctors and I got the run around. Even Mayo Clinic couldn't figure it out. They were ready to remove my colon! I spent an insane amount of money. My small town family doctor figured it out. I took the triple therapy a few months ago. It didn't work. I took the Quad therapy last month and in the middle of this awful regiment I got campylobacter food poisoning. It even looks like HP. What rotten rotten luck. I finished the meds and I hope they got it. The meds are wicked wicked. To do it right you have to set your phone alarm and take something every few hours. Drinking 7 bottles of pepto bismol was disgusting. I was sick the whole time. But I made it thru it in hopes that I would be able to introduce some foods back into my diet. My stomach is still raw.

Here is what I learned from all my months of research.

1.Go gluten free. Not just a little bit but full on. That diminished my terrible terrible hip pain and swollen eyes.

2. Limit sugar.

3. Avoid caffeine.

4. Avoid red meat.

5. try and eat 20 grams of fiber a day.

6. Avoid alcohol.

If you chose to eat or drink from the list above you will find your symptoms coming back.

So what can I eat? Fish, pears, gluten free chips & breads, raisens, rice, gluten free pasta, peas, rice cereals, chicken. I try and limit too many raw veggies or anything that's hard to digest. I like spinach vs iceberg lettuce.

My symptoms included episcleritis (inflammation of the eyes- looked like pink eye all the time), hip pain, isolated lower left back pain (mri showed nothing so they couldn't figure it out), acid reflux, canker sores, major constipation (led to vaginal prolapse surgery last fall when my intestines all fell around my bowel), bloating, fatigue (needed a nap everyday), paper thin fingernails and dry hair.

After five years of having the infection it's no wonder I had most of the symptoms. Dang doctors. They should have figured it out. I determined the gluten intolerance myself doing the elimination diet. That's what got me the test for celiacs disease which made them finally find the HP. It's a crying (and I mean crying) shame that people have to suffer so much.

Troy 14 months ago

Hi I just find out I got the bacteria and I hear about all the healty food and drinks I can eat my question is if is any type of coffee I can drink?thanks guy for this website

breakfreerut 11 months ago

What you should do... wrote 3 years ago

You should avoid .. black tea, ..

However, other research has shown that, "Consumption of tea, both black and green, and red wine is associated with lower incidence of the infection, while coffee and spirits have negative associations."

and also...

Abstract source: Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2015 Mar 6. Epub 2015 Mar 6. PMID: 25779680

Who do you believe?

Patent 10 months ago

My wife is having this problem form last 15 days, my physician prescribed her some antacids for 5 days, within that 5 days she feel no stomach pain but after compilation of 5 days dose today she had again feeling the same type of pain. please advice what will I do?

MissK 8 months ago

Been having H. Pylori for almost 1 yr now...I have done my research and have decided not to do the triple therapy because it doesn't work

Shebe 7 months ago

have been having stomach problems and i took fragyl but it didnt help me, now have been diagnosed with H. pylori this week now am wondering whether am going to get healed, infact i fear the bacteria..

Boo 3 months ago

Shebe. Yes this disease is horrible. I got diagnosed nearly 3 months ago. And it seems like its gettin worse. I feel sick daily. All over ny body. With out bein cured. It can cause Stomach Cancer

Minelaa 8 weeks ago

Hi,I had h pylori back in February of 2015 they put me on some antibiotics which it kind a did help but not for a while ! I had to remove my gallbladder bc I hade a stone in it ,ever since then I'm having diarrhea upset stomach abdominal pain ,now again I get this big pain in my abdominal I can't stand it ,just gave them my stool sample yesterday waiting on they'r call,I started taking black seed oil with honey hopping I'll help,will change my diet for sure ,also will try to be " gluten free " for some time and see if it helps ! It's the worst thing ever I could of imagine! Hope you all feel better soon !

maggie 6 weeks ago

broccoli is the best I promise you will feel relief not 100% but boy it makes a difference .. and green tea and chicken and beans get your lives back .don't give up .

PAUL 6 weeks ago

I am suffering this gastritis for 5 months with this H. pylori thing, i felt so terrible that all the food i have eaten was all bad. I am from Philippines, its hard to find those food mention/ Godbless to us

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