Foods to Avoid for a Sore Throat

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When your throat is sore, it is difficult to eat normally. If you avoid hot foods, it will be easier for you to eat without experiencing pain. Coarse and spicy-tasting foods are also difficult to swallow.

Your sore throat symptoms may be alleviated if you drink lots of water throughout the day to keep your throat lubricated, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Spicy Foods and Beverages

Spicy foods are irritating to your sore throat. Avoid salty foods and foods prepared with chilli powder, pepper and pepper sauces, tomato sauce, horseradish salsa, curry powder, nutmeg and cloves. Alcoholic beverages, carbonated beverages, hot beverages or beverages made with citrus fruits are also irritating to your sore throat. Avoid tomato, orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime juice.

Coarse Foods and Raw Foods

Rough-textured foods such as deep-fried foods, dry cereal, crackers, crisps, granola, nuts, seeds, pretzels and toast will irritate your sore throat. Avoid raw vegetables and fruits other than mashed bananas. Avoid vegetables that aren't prepared with added broth, creamed sauces, bland tasting gravy or trans fat-free margarine. Avoid serving hot foods of any kind.

Irritating Foods

Avoid eggs other than soft-cooked eggs. Stay away from potatoes other than moist mashed potatoes prepared with a bland gravy, broth or trans fat-free margarine. Avoid meats that are dry. Serve meats with a bland gravy. Avoid meats with gristle or meats that are stringy or fatty. Meats should be cut into small pieces. Pasta should be cooked until soft and eaten at room temperature with a mild cream sauce or a trans fat-free margarine. Rice should be eaten with a mild sauce.


Aside from ice cubes, when you have a sore throat, you should stay clear of any foods that are difficult for you to chew. Avoid any food or beverages that can scratch or burn your throat. Drinking liquids through a straw may help.