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Oncology: Graft-Versus-Host Disease Diet Recommendations (415)

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Graft-Versus-Host Disease Diet Recommendations

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 help relieve these

All foods and drinks listed in this handout are offered on the UW hospital menu. Use this
handout to help you order meals and snacks. Your hospital dietitian can provide more nutrition
education prior to discharge home.

Group 1: Try these food items first

Food Group Choose these foods

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™
Saltine crackers
Graham crackers
Fruits Applesauce
Peaches or pears (canned, drained)
Miscellaneous Hard candy
Broth (chicken, vegetable, beef)
Drinks Decaffeinated tea (avoid peppermint tea)
Rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, Lactaid® milk
Apple juice or cranberry juice diluted with water
Nutrition Supplements Ensure Clear™

Group 2: If you tolerate the foods in group 1, start adding these foods. Continue to
include foods from group 1.

Food Group Choose these foods

 Bread (sourdough, rice)
Tortillas (white or corn)
Flat bread (white)
Sun Chips®
Lightly buttered white pasta
Meats/Proteins Fish (baked, poached or grilled tilapia, cod, salmon, walleye)
Chicken (baked or grilled, skinless)
Turkey breast (roasted)
Turkey burger
Eggs (scrambled, hard boiled, plain omelet)
Deli meats (turkey, lean ham)
Chicken noodle soup
Plain shredded chicken for taco
Vegetables Carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes
Fruits Cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon
*Use sparingly

Fat-free mayonnaise
Fat-free salad dressings
Low-fat cream cheese
Fat-free sour cream
Non-dairy creamer
Margarine or butter *
Peanut butter (creamy)*
Gravies and sauces*
Take with Lactaid®
supplement as needed
Low-fat yogurt
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat cheese
Miscellaneous Mrs. Dash®, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, salt, honey,
jelly, syrup, soy sauce, sugar, sweetener
Limit to 1 serving per
meal or snack

Angel food cake
Frozen yogurt
Italian ice
Fruit juice bar
Lemon bar
Lemon crème cookie
Chocolate chip cookie
Drinks Clear soda (7UP®, ginger Ale), Gatorade® G2, hot cocoa
Nutrition Supplements Ensure Plus®, Magic Cup®, Glucerna®, Carnation Breakfast Essentials
with Lactaid® milk

Teach Back:
What is the most important thing you learned from this handout?

What changes will you make in your diet/lifestyle, based on what you learned today?

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.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you have any
questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not medical
advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each person’s health needs are
different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If you have an
emergency, please call 911. Copyright 5/2015 University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved.
Produced by the Clinical Nutrition Services Department and the Department of Nursing. HF#415.