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Diet Chart For Fever Patients

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2020

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When someone has the fever, the rate of burning calories increases with the increase in temperature. The body needs more calories to function properly in fever than it requires in an ordinary situation. Diet plan in fever is crucial for the immune system to function properly. Since more calories are burnt by the body in fever, one must have nutrient dense food to give energy to the immune system to function properly. Studies have found that a low-calorie diet in fever worsens symptoms and lengthens the duration of sickness.

The list of foods items listed below is beneficial for reducing fever:

  1. Fluid-rich foods: Drink water, hot tea, fresh fruit juice. Intake of fluid-rich foods is recommended such as poultry broths, thin soups, coconut water.
  2. Fresh fruits: Fruits like apples, oranges, watermelon, pineapple, kiwi are rich in vitamin C. This contains antioxidants that reduce fever.
  3. Avoid fruits with heavy sugar and fruits canned in syrup because sugar inhibits the immune system. The banana provides vital nutrients and easy to digest.
  4. Proper intake of proteins: Scrambled eggs, smoothie with low-fat milk, dal, chana or Indian cottage cheese are rich in protein and beneficial.

Diet Chart During Fever

Sunday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Milk n Cornflakes (1 cup)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + 1 Apple
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Parboiled rice (1/2 cup) + Chicken(2pcs.) stew (1/2 cup)
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Vegetable soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Mashed potato (2) + Ghee (1tsp) + Warm Rasgolla (2)
Monday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Chapati (1.5) soaked in Milk (1/2 cup) with added sugar
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + 1 Ripe banana
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Parboiled rice (1/2 cup) + Fish(1pc.) stew (1/2 cup)
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Spinach soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Carrot n potato curry (1/2 cup) + Warm Rasgolla (2)
Tuesday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Chapati (2) + Masoor daal soup (1/2 cup)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + Grapes (1/2 cup)
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Yellow matar daal curry (1/2 cup) + 1/4th fresh lime on it.
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Carrot soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Mashed boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Milk (1/4 cup) + Jaggery (3 tsp)
Wednesday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Rice flake Pulav (1 cup) with peas and carrots
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender cococnut water (1 cup) + 1 orange
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Mashed potato(2) n Boiled rice (1/2 cup) + Boiled egg (1) + Ghee (2tsp) on warm rice
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Chicken soup (1/3 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Fish(1pc) stew (1/3 cup) + Warm Rasgolla (2)
Thursday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Chapati (2) + Moong daal soup (1/2 cup)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + Pomegranates (1/2 cup)
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Parboiled rice (1/2 cup) + Chicken(2pcs.) stew (1/2 cup)
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Mushroom soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/4 cup) + Boiled Eggs (1) + Ghee (1tsp) + Warm Rasgolla (2)
Friday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Custard (1/2 cup) + Toast (2 slices)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + 2 Chikus
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Parboiled rice (1/2 cup) + Fish(1pc.) stew (1/2 cup)
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Carrot soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Mashed boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Milk (1/4 cup) + Jaggery (3 tsp)
Saturday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Chapati (2) + Bengal gram daal (1/2 cup)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + Black grapes (1/2 cup)
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Yellow matar daal curry (1/2 cup) + 1/4th fresh lime on it.
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Spinach soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Fish(1pc) stew (1/3 cup) + Warm Rasgolla (2)

Diet Plan For Fever Patient - Food Items To Limit

Butter,Ghee, Vegetable oil, Chilies, Spices, fiber rich foods, pastries, fried snacks, deserts, thick cream soups should be avoided as they increase the chances of prolonged stay of illness. Infection will reduce the capacity of your digestive system and the medicines used for the treatment may kill all the helpfull microbes, so foods rich in fiber and fats will irritate your stomach. And it's better avoid consumption of high spicy foods in fever because it will give burning sensation in the stomach.

Do's And Dont's in Fever

Do's:

  1. Wash your hands frequently, especially before preparing a meal.
  2. Cooking kills typhoid, so if you are eating out, make sure the food (meat, fish or vegetables, whatever it is that you're eating) has been thoroughly cooked and is being served steaming hot.
  3. Only eat peeled fruits and vegetables.
  4. Make sure your drinking water is boiled or treated.
  5. Clean water can become contaminated again if it is not stored safely. So make sure to store the drinking water in a clean container with a small opening or a cover. Use it within 4 hours.
  6. Drink more water( Min 6-8 glass)
  7. Drink boiled and properly filtered water
  8. Include good quality proteins(eggs, meat paste, fish, poultry) in properly cooked form.

Dont's:

  1. Typhoid is quite common in areas with poor hygiene, so avoid roadside stalls.
  2. Avoid handling food or any other household things if there is a risk of spreading the disease.
  3. Don't go for heavy meals, split your heavy meals and do frequent small meals.
  4. Avoid high fiber foods.

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Diet Food Items List You Can Easily Consume in Fever

  1. Cereals: Properly cooked white rice, white bread
  2. Pulses: Thin dhal
  3. Vegetables: Properly cooked and mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Ashguard, Carrots
  4. Fruits: Banana(small),Oranges and Apple( Without skin),Tender Coconut water.
  5. Milk and Milk products: Yoghurt, Buttermilk.
  6. Meat, Fish and Egg: Boiled egg, stewed fish.
  7. Oil: 1Tbsp/ day( Olive oil, Mustard Oil, Rice bran Oil, Canola oil
  8. Sugar: 2 Tsp/ day.

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