Nutrition Q&A: Foods for peptic ulcer

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Should i give my 10 month old baby low fat or normal milk?

Babies below two years old should be given only normal milk as the fat and cholesterol in it is required for proper brain development. After that if your baby is normal weight there is no harm in continuing giving normal milk.

2. Which foods are good for my eyesight? my father has glaucoma, how can i prevent it?
Antioxidants like Vitamins A, C and E are required for good eye health. so also zinc.
You can get these from yellow and green vegetables and fruits like oranges, amla, papaya, mangoes, melons, grapefruit, strawberries, nuts, egg yolk.
There is no evidence to prove that nutrients can prevent or treat glaucoma.

3. Hi parvathy, is lettuce good to be eaten daily? my kids love lettuce sandwiches but im not sure if i can give it daily.
Yes lettuce can be eaten daily. Just make sure it is fresh, washed well and not brown tipped or wilted.

4. my motherinlaw is having peptic ulcer. what are the foods advised? and what sould be avoided. please guide us.
It is now known that Peptic ulcer is not caused by certain foods but due to a bacterial infection. Therefore all foods are permitted for people with peptic ulcer
But in practice, some people have discomfort when they consume spicy foods or fatty fried foods that are difficult to digest.
Your mother in law may avoid such foods that she may find specifically uncomfortable and worsens the symptoms. She should include fruits and vegetables and eat a wholesome diet that will help heal the ulcers.

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