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Which fruits and vegetables are best for gastroparesis?

One year ago I was diagnosed with gastroparesis and as a result I am on a low fat, low fiber diet. I recently purchased a NutriBullet because I am concerned about not taking enough nutrients on the prescribed diet. What would be the recommended fruits and vegetables to use in the Nutribullet to maximize the intake of necessary nutrients and also aid with the digestive issues due to the gastroparesis?

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4 years ago

Dietitian's Answer

Have you tried NutriBlasts already? Do these make your stomach hurt? Often a liquid or pureed diet is prescribed to help with symptoms. As liquids tend to empty more quickly from the stomach, some people may find a puréed diet helps improve symptoms.
In addition, try small, frequent meals vs. large meals (a small cup vs. a large Blast).
If less food enters the stomach each time a person eats, the stomach may not become overly full, allowing it to empty more easily. Chewing food well, drinking noncarbonated liquids with a meal, and walking or sitting for 2 hours after a meal—instead of lying down—may assist with gastric emptying.
A health care provider may also recommend avoiding high-fat and fibrous foods. Fat naturally slows digestion and some raw vegetables and fruits are more difficult to digest than other foods. Some foods, such as oranges and broccoli, contain fibrous parts that do not digest well. People with gastroparesis should minimize their intake of large portions of these foods because the undigested parts may remain in the stomach too long. Blasting may be enough to break down the fibers, however, you will need to test it on yourself. Cooked veggies also are less bloating.
http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/feeling-bloated
Options for fruits and veggies include: cooked sweet potato w/o the skin, ripe banana, well-cooked fresh or canned vegetables without seeds-stems-or skins, strained vegetable or fruit juices without pulp, soft canned or cooked fruit without seeds or skins (small amounts), soft cantaloupe or honeydew melon (small amounts). Low fiber fruits include melons, grapefruit, grapes, cherries, apricots. However, please clear these with your Dr. first.

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Thank you Krista, I have tried the Nutriblast for about five days now; I have one for breakfast and one around lunch time. My gastro doc does have me on a low fat and low fiber diet and told me that anything in liquid form would be easier for me to digest which is why I wanted to try the Nutriblast. I was concerned that on a low fat/low fiber diet I would not be getting enough nutrients, especially with the elimination of green vegetables from my daily intake. I have been doing simple blast with either spinach or kale as the green, grapes, blueberries, banana, apple, pineapple, and avocado. This does seem to digest well and I haven't experienced any excess bloating at all. In addition to trying the Nutriblast I also take Juice Plus as a dietary supplement. Your response and the article linked were both helpful; I printed them so I could use them.

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