Low Bacteria Diet


What is a low-bacteria diet? A low-bacteria diet is a meal plan that involves choosing, preparing, and cooking foods with low amounts of bacteria. Bacteria in foods or beverages can cause an infection in your body. Bacteria are normally found in the home, on the hands of the person who prepares the food, or in the food itself. A low-bacteria diet helps prevent infections. Your caregiver may recommend this diet if your immune system is weak. Cancer treatments, organ transplants, and other medical conditions may weaken your immune system. Your caregiver will tell you how long you should follow this diet.

Which foods can I include?

Which foods should I avoid?

What are some food shopping guidelines I should follow?

How should I prepare foods before I cook them?

How should I cook and store foods?

How can I decrease bacteria in the kitchen?

What should I avoid at a restaurant?


You have the right to help plan your care. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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