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Gastroparesis Diet Adjustments

What is Gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis is a condition where the stomach doesn't empty properly, causing food to stay in the stomach for a longer period than it should. This can cause a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, bloating, and abdominal pain.

What Foods Should People with Gastroparesis Limit?

People with gastroparesis should limit their intake of high-fat foods, high-fiber foods, and foods that are difficult to digest.

These include:

  • Fried and fatty foods

  • Whole grains and whole grain breads

  • Raw vegetables and fruits with skins or seeds

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Carbonated beverages

  • Alcohol

That doesn’t mean they need to give these foods up completely, however. Many of these foods are incredibly healthy and can be included with a few modifications.

Vegetable Modifications

Even though raw vegetables can be difficult to digest, people with this condition can still eat vegetables by choosing cooked or pureed options.

Here are some tips:

  • Steam, roast, or boil vegetables until they are soft and well-cooked.

  • Puree vegetables into a soup or smoothie.

  • Choose low-fiber vegetables like green beans, carrots, and potatoes.

  • Peel and remove seeds from fruits and vegetables before eating them.

  • Drink vegetable juice instead of eating whole vegetables (check sodium labels).

Fruit Modifications

  • Choose low-fiber fruits such as canned or cooked fruits without skins, such as peaches, pears, or applesauce canned in their own juices (not syrup).

  • Peel and remove seeds from fruits before eating them if possible.

    • If not possible, limit fruits with seeds, such as figs, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

  • Blend fruit into a smoothie or puree.

  • Choose fruits that are naturally low in fiber such as bananas or melons.

Nuts and Seeds Modifications

  • Choose low-fiber options like smooth nut butters or seed butters without added sugars or oils.

  • Grind nuts and seeds into a powder or use them as a garnish in small amounts.

  • Soak nuts and seeds in water overnight before eating them to soften them and make them easier to digest.

Grains Modifications

  • Cook grains until they are soft and well-cooked.

  • Try sprouted grains, quinoa, or millet, which may be easier to digest.

  • Eat small portions of grains with other low-fiber foods to aid digestion.

  • If you must choose refined grains instead of whole grains, such as white bread, white rice, and pasta, pay attention to portion size. 1 serving = 1 cup cooked or 2 slices bread

Other Considerations to Minimize Symptoms

  1. Reduce fat intake – fat naturally slows stomach emptying

  2. Eat nutritious foods first – start with your biggest and most nutritious meals earlier in the day and finish with liquids in the evening

  3. Chew foods well – chew to a pudding consistency

  4. Sit up while eating – gravity helps your stomach empty

  5. Walk after meals – light movement has been shown to increase stomach emptying

  6. Eat small but intentional meals – avoid grazing to give yourself time to fully digest

Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider if you have concerns. They can provide you with personalized recommendations that consider your individual needs and medical history.

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Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal muscle movements of the stomach

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