Hey Ken. Great Website.
As a novice singer, is there any kind of food in generally I should eat more of or avoid? I’ve heard a lot of things – such as avoiding milk- but I don’t know how to distinguish the fact from fiction.
Excessive dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese, etc), overly greasy foods, some salad dressings, and foods like chocolate tend to cover the cords, which some people really don’t like (never really bothered me that much).
Alcohol or caffeine can dehydrate the voice, leaving the cords dry if you drink too much of them. This does bother me if I haven’t had enough water.
Beyond all this, nothing really bothers my voice. If you’re looking to eat good foods for your voice, fruits and veggies have a high water content, so they’d probably make your voice feel better. Drinking water is good for your voice, and if I want something with flavor, I may also drink some mint tea as it just feels good on my cords (that’s just a preference though).
I hope this helps!
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor