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Gastroparesis is a condition in which the stomach empties into the small intestine more slowly than it should. Diet and nutrition play a significant role for people who have gastroparesis; in fact, dietary changes are the first step in managing this condition. Madelynn Strong, clinical dietitian at Mayo Clinic, recommends some strategies and foods that may help speed up gastric emptying.
Eat small, frequent meals, and chew food thoroughly
Eat well-cooked fruits and vegetables rather than raw fruits and vegetables
Avoid fibrous fruits and vegetables, such as oranges and broccoli, which may cause bezoars
Choose mostly low-fat foods, but if you can tolerate them, add small servings of fatty foods to your diet
Try soups and pureed foods if liquids are easier for you to swallow
Avoid carbonated drinks, alcohol and smoking
Here are some tips to help you decide what foods to eat and what foods to avoid:
White bread and rolls and "light" whole-wheat bread without nuts or seeds
Plain or egg bagels
Flour or corn tortillas
Puffed wheat and rice cereals
Cream of wheat or rice
Potatoes, white or sweet (no skin)
Baked french fries
Lean beef, veal and pork (not fried)
Chicken or turkey (no skin and not fried)
Crab, lobster, shrimp, clams, scallops, oysters
Tuna (packed in water)
Strained meat baby food
Fruits and vegetables
Baby food vegetables and fruits
Tomato sauce, paste, puree, juice
Fruit juices and drinks
Peaches and pears (canned)
Milk, if tolerated
Yogurt (without fruit pieces)
Custard and pudding
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