Coffee for gastritis

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Last reviewed: 16.10.2021

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What could be nicer than the smell of coffee in the morning when you are still in bed or walking around the city past coffee houses. This drink has firmly entered our lives and gives not only food pleasure, but also is a certain ritual that helps in business communication with friends and relatives. Coffee is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world. On the other hand, according to statistics, about 80% of people on the planet suffer from various indigestion. What to do in this case and is it possible to drink coffee with gastritis?

Can I drink coffee with gastritis?

Gastritis is a disease that requires a special approach to your diet. Under this term there are various problems in the digestive system, which must be identified by research in a medical institution before being determined with food. [1] Much of the diet depends on the state of the pH of the stomach, the nature of the clinical picture, and localization of defects. In addition, there are varieties of varieties of grains, methods for their processing and preparation. Therefore, a clear answer to the question of whether it is possible to drink coffee with gastritis, does not exist. Let us dwell on different variants of pathology and decide in which cases it is better to refrain from drinking, and when to drink.

Studies have not found any connection between drinking coffee and dyspepsia, but heartburn is the most common symptom after drinking it. It has been demonstrated that coffee promotes gastroesophageal reflux. [2],  [3],  [4] Coffee stimulates the secretion of gastrin and gastric acid secretion. [5],  [6] Coffee also extends adaptive relaxation of the proximal stomach, suggesting that it may slow gastric emptying. However, other studies show that coffee does not affect gastric emptying or small bowel transit. Coffee causes cholecystokinin release and gallbladder contraction, which may explain why patients with symptoms of gallbladder disease often avoid drinking coffee. In some people, coffee enhances rectosigmoid motor activity within 4 minutes after ingestion. It turned out that its effect on the colon is comparable to the effect of food per 1000 kcal. Since coffee does not contain calories, and its effect on the gastrointestinal tract cannot be attributed to its volumetric load, acidity or osmolality, it must have pharmacological effects. Caffeine cannot explain only these gastrointestinal effects. [7]

A 2013 cross-sectional study of 8,013 healthy people in Japan showed a lack of association between coffee consumption and a stomach ulcer, duodenal ulcer, reflux esophagitis, and non-erosive reflux disease. [8] Drinking coffee daily can reduce the risk of stomach cancer in high-risk groups, especially among women. [9]

Coffee with gastritis with high acidity

In roasted coffee (this is exactly what we consume), there is caffeine and chlorogenic acid, which determines its bitter taste and aroma, as well as acids formed from fiber, green beans fat as a result of their heat treatment. They are aggressive against the inner wall of the stomach, causing excessive secretion of hydrochloric acid and increased inflammation of the epithelium of the stomach.

In addition, coffee irritates the intestines. Among the effects of a drink drunk on an empty stomach, after half an hour, depending on the characteristics of the body, the occurrence of flatulence, urges to visit the toilet, abdominal pain, diarrhea are observed.

Can I drink coffee with atrophic gastritis?

This type of gastritis is characterized by a change in the structure of the tissues of the mucosa and glands that produce gastric juice. Their gradual death along with inflammation leads to the fact that the body is not able to digest food and absorb the necessary and useful substances to the body. Acidity in this case can be either increased or decreased.

The diagnosis is dangerous for its consequences and requires a thorough and systematic diet. Coffee with atrophic gastritis is contraindicated.

Can I drink coffee with erosive gastritis?

The causes of erosive gastritis lie in poor nutrition, alcohol abuse, injuries, drugs, experienced stress. It is expressed in damage to the surface layer of the lining of the stomach, the formation of erosion. Intensive secretion, ingestion of solid food fragments, too hot or cold food exacerbate the situation, lead to acute conditions.

A well-thought-out diet, a balanced diet along with medical treatment with antacids that neutralize stomach acids, antibacterial agents. The main task of the diet is not to cause excessive secretion of caustic, destroying the mucous surface. Coffee is on the list of harmful products.

Coffee for gastritis and pancreatitis

The aggravation of gastritis with another diagnosis related to the pancreas, the treatment of which is even more dependent on proper nutrition, puts a final ban on coffee. However, the study proved that drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risk of alcoholic pancreatitis, some of the ingredients in coffee can have a modulating effect on the pancreas. [10] The results of a 2011 meta-analysis suggest that there is an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of pancreatic cancer, that is, coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of pancreatic cancer in men, while this relationship was not observed in women. [11]

Coffee for gastritis and ulcer

Often the result of chronic stomach inflammation is the formation of ulcers. If erosion does not violate the integrity of the mucous membrane not deeply, and healing does not leave a trace, then the ulcer affects the muscle and a scar forms when tightened. It occurs against a background of elevated and normal pH. It is unreasonable to provoke once again the release of gastric juice, therefore it is best to refuse coffee with an ulcer.

Coffee with exacerbation of gastritis

The chronic course of the disease is characterized by periods of calm and exacerbations. They make themselves felt with pain in the epigastric region, nausea, vomiting, weakness and malaise. The best thing you can do for the stomach during this period is to give it a break from work.

The first day you need to starve and drink plenty of plain warm water. Next, start with small portions of viscous soups, milk porridges, jelly and neutral fruit compotes. On coffee, cocoa is a strict taboo.

But is it really necessary for gastritis lovers of a delicious drink to completely deprive themselves of pleasure? With persistent remission, it is allowed in limited doses, but subject to certain rules.

How to drink coffee with gastritis?

In most cases, a reasonable person is not an enemy to himself, therefore, judiciously assessing his condition, he can afford a cup of coffee a day, following these tips:

  1. You should not drink on an empty stomach, but only an hour after eating;
  2. cook from natural ground grains and do not use soluble, with various additives;
  3. do not drink hot and strong;
  4. add milk to it.
  • Coffee with milk for gastritis

Milk can neutralize the acidity of the stomach, reduce their concentration in coffee. So the drink has a much milder effect on the organ. After drinking, it is worth listening to the body and, if there are no negative symptoms, allow yourself not to abuse.

  • Decaffeinated coffee for gastritis

It would seem that decaffeinated coffee could be a way out. For some reason, he is considered completely safe. If this statement is based on the cardiovascular system, then it can do more harm to the digestive organs than usual.

Firstly, the methods for its preparation are unsafe: using a solvent or carbon dioxide, and secondly, it increases acidity even more.

  • Can cocoa be used for gastritis?

Cocoa may be an alternative to coffee. In addition to good taste, it has many useful properties. It contains vitamins, folic acid, minerals, fats, protein - all that is necessary for metabolism, strengthening immunity. The production of hydrochloric acid is slightly affected. Therefore, cocoa with milk at elevated pH is limited to serving per day, lower - more is allowed.

  • Tea for gastritis

In tea, as in coffee, there are caffeine, tannin - substances that stimulate gastric secretion. However, there are many useful components involved in the regeneration of the mucous membrane. Brewing a weak in concentration, mainly green, you can enjoy it without restriction in case of hypoacid gastritis, but in case of hyperacid one still does not need to be abused.

It is good to prepare herbal teas using fees suitable for treating a specific diagnosis. Chamomile, St. John's wort, yarrow - will help eliminate inflammation, heal the inner surface of the organ, plantain - will increase acidity, etc. Adding honey (you need to remember that a hot drink turns it into poison) will improve the taste and serve as an additional medicine.

  • Chicory for gastritis with high acidity

Chicory gives the coffee-like bitterness, has many positive aspects: it helps to tighten erosion and ulcers, normalizes the intestines, removes toxins and toxins, strengthens the immune system, has a positive effect on the liver (it is rich in natural antioxidants and can weaken hepatocellular damage),  [12] gall bladder, functions the kidneys. At the same time, it increases the acidity of the stomach, so you can drink it with hyperacid gastritis only in the period of stable remission.

What can I eat with gastritis?

The nutritional rules for various types of gastritis vary, with the exception of exacerbations, when there are severe restrictions: with a low pH, it is designed to stimulate the production of gastric juice, and high - on the contrary, to reduce it. We give a comparative table:


High acidity

Low acidity


Milk, low-fat cream, non-acidic kefir, cottage cheese, lazy dumplings, cheese cakes from it

Sour milk, kefir, acidophilus, cottage cheese, products from it

Bakery products

Yesterday’s wheat or dried bread, biscuit, Maria cookies

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A fish

Low-fat varieties: pollock, hake, cod, pike (boiled, baked, stewed)

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Boiled, baked: chicken, turkey, rabbit, veal, lean pork; minced meat

The same meat, but several times a week, can be fried without breading


Buckwheat, oatmeal, garnished rice, in soups

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Boiled cauliflower, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, fresh sweet tomatoes (100g)

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Sweet ripe fruits, apples are better to bake

Apricot, grapes, currants, gooseberries

The drinks

Loose tea, coffee with milk, dried fruit compotes, jelly

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On water, vegetable broth

On meat, fish, mushroom, vegetable


Soft-boiled, steam amlets

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