Which foods to avoid in tuberculosis?

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What should I not eat in tuberculosis?
Can avoiding processed foods reduce tuberculosis?
Avoiding processed food, alcohol, carbonated drinks, excess tea, and coffee can improve the symptoms of tuberculosis. In addition, avoiding excess intake of food, tobacco, and spices or salt can help reduce the symptoms. There is no recommended special diet to cure tuberculosis. However, a healthy diet and routine can help people with tuberculosis life a quality life.

People with tuberculosis should avoid excess caffeine, refined food products, and processed food items. Even alcohol and tobacco can affect the condition to cause serious symptoms. The dietary preferences of each individual are different. So, it is difficult to point at specific food items which are to be avoided for people with tuberculosis. 

It is essential to understand that a sick person may not eat much. Therefore, people should try small frequent meals and avoid overenthusiastic feeding. 

In the answer below, we have discussed about the food items that you should avoid in tuberculosis along with a few other common questions.

What food not to eat in tuberculosis?

There are certain foods to avoid in tuberculosis. A document by tbcindia.gov.in recommends people with tuberculosis avoid processed food. The website also recommends avoiding alcohol, carbonated drinks, excess tea, and coffee. Also, avoiding excess intake of food, tobacco, and excess spices or salt can help.

Can a special diet cure tuberculosis?

No. There is no special diet for tuberculosis. Tbcindia.gov.in website informs that many people believe in eating specific food items, tonics, expensive food supplements, costly fruits, and IV fluid therapy. However, no credible scientific evidence confirms these dietary inputs can completely cure tuberculosis. 

Only a healthy diet for the tuberculosis patients full of proteins and essential macro and micronutrients can reduce the symptoms to improve the quality of life. A healthy routine can reduce the severity of the symptoms and help people with tuberculosis live a normal life.

Can following food hygiene help reduce tuberculosis?

It is possible. You should cook food after washing hands, and wash vegetables and fruits with water to remove contaminants/parasites/pesticides. Even maintaining hygiene in the kitchen and not soaking vegetables and fruits in water for long can help prevent the spread. It is because tuberculosis is a contagious disease that spreads through tiny droplets in the air and water.

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