Foods that may irritate the bladder

Eliminate all the foods on this list. As you notice improvement after a few weeks, begin to reintroduce desired foods on this list one at a time to determine which food(s) cause a problem. Many people find that they can tolerate some of the foods on this list in limited, occasional amounts.

  • All alcoholic beverages
  • Apples
  • Apple juice
  • Bananas
  • Beer
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Canned figs
  • Cantaloupes
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Champagne
  • Cheese
  • Chicken livers
  • Chilies/spicy foods
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Coffee
  • Corned beef
  • Cranberries
  • Fava beans
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Lemon juice
  • Lentils
  • Lima beans
  • Nuts
  • Mayonnaise
  • Nutrasweet
  • Onions (raw)
  • Peaches
  • Pickled herring
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Rye bread
  • Saccharin
  • Sour cream
  • Soy sauce
  • Strawberries
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar
  • Vitamins-buffered with aspartame
  • Yogurt

Alternative foods

This list offers food alternatives to the foods on the list above:

  • Alcohol or wines (only as flavoring)
  • Almonds
  • Apple (small)
  • Blueberries
  • Coffee (acid-free kava) or highly roasted
  • Extracts (brandy, rum, etc.)
  • French sauternes
  • Imitation sour cream
  • Onions (cooked)
  • Orange juice (reduced acid)
  • Peanuts
  • Pears
  • Processed cheese (non-aged)
  • Shallots
  • Spring water
  • Strawberries (1/2 cup)
  • Sun tea
  • Tomatoes (low acid)
  • White chocolate
  • Wines (late harvest)
  • Zest of orange or limes
  • All other foods not on earlier list