Having problems with your pancreas? Be careful what you eat!

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What is Pancreas ?

The pancreas is a small gland, located the abdomen behind the stomach and in front of the spine, It has two most important functions: Digestion & control of blood sugar level.

Which are the best foods for pancreatitis?

  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Lean Protein
  • Whole grains
  • Other plant-based foods that are not fried

The foods that are easy to digest & does not raise the load on pancreas are preferred.

Fruits and vegetables

  • Cooked vegetables may be easier for you to tolerate than raw ones. Berries, citrus, leafy greens, fruits, and cruciferous vegetables are high in antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals.

Options include:

  • Blueberries (ब्लू बैरीज)
  • broccoli (ब्रॉकोली)
  • oranges
  • kale (गोभी)
  • spinach (पालक)

Lean protein

  • Protein-rich foods support the immune system and help repair cells and tissues. Easy-to-digest protein sources include:
    • eggs
    • nut butters
    • tofu (सोया पनीर)
    • fish (मछली)

High-fiber starches

  • Complex carbohydrates rich in fiber don’t spike blood sugar levels as quickly as simple carbohydrates do. They also keep energy levels up. Good choices consist of:
    • potatoes
    • oatmeal (दलिया)
    • quinoa (कीनुआ )
    • brown rice (ब्राउन राइस)

Healthy fats

  • Fat is necessary for overall health. It supplies energy and helps maintain core body temperature. Healthy fats contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as:
    • Olive oil
    • Nuts
    • Avocados (एवकाडो) Fruit

Which foods that should be avoided with pancreatic problems?

  • Alcohol
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Fried foods and high-fat foods
  • People recovering from pancreatitis may find that they tolerate smaller, more frequent meals. Eating six times per day may possibly work better than eating three meals per day.
  • A moderate fat diet, providing around 25 percent of calories from fat, may be tolerated by lots of people with chronic pancreatitis.
  • People recovering from acute pancreatitis should eat less than 30 grams of fat per day.
Dr. Harsh J Shah