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Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GVHD) is a side effect of a stem cell transplant. It can upset the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This can cause symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, mouth sores or heartburn. Eating small amounts of easy-to-digest foods may improve these symptoms.
Use this handout to help you choose meals and snacks. Your dietitian can teach you more about this diet before you go home as desired.
Try these foods first.
Plain white bread
Plain white bagel
Plain white dinner roll
Plain white English muffin
Plain white pasta
Plain white rice
Plain mashed potatoes
Plain hot cereal: Cream of Rice™, Cream of Wheat®
Cold cereal: Rice Krispies®, Cheerios®, Honey Nut Cheerios™, Corn flakes®, Rice Chex™
Peaches or pears (canned, drained)
Broth (chicken, vegetable, beef)
Decaf tea (avoid peppermint tea)
Gatorade® or Powerade®
Rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, Lactaid® milk
Apple juice or cranberry juice diluted with water
Boost Breeze™ or Ensure Clear™
If you tolerate the foods in group 1, start adding these foods. Still include foods from group 1 in your diet.
Bread (sourdough, rice)
Tortillas (white or corn)
Flat bread (white)
Lightly buttered white pasta
Fish (baked, poached or grilled tilapia, cod, salmon, walleye)
Chicken (baked or grilled, skinless)
Turkey breast (roasted)
Eggs (scrambled, hard boiled, plain omelet)
Deli meats (turkey, lean ham)
Chicken noodle soup
Plain shredded chicken for taco
Cooked green beans
Fat-free salad dressings
Low-fat cream cheese
Fat-free sour cream
Margarine or butter*
Peanut butter (creamy)*
Gravies and sauces*
(Take with Lactaid® supplement as needed)
Low-fat cottage cheese
(Limit to 1 serving per meal or snack)
Angel food cake
Chocolate chip cookie
Clear soda (7UP®, Sprite®, ginger ale)
Gatorade® or Powerade®
Ensure Plus® or Boost Plus®
Carnation Breakfast Essentials with Lactaid® milk
Who to Call
If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions, please contact UW Health at one of the phone numbers listed below. You can also visit our website at www.uwhealth.org/nutrition.
Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500.
Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770.
If you are a patient receiving care at UnityPoint – Meriter, Swedish American or a health system outside of UW Health, please use the phone numbers provided in your discharge instructions for any questions or concerns.