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Gastroparesis Diet for Delayed Stomach Emptying

The purpose of the gastroparesis diet is to reduce GP symptoms and maintain adequate fluids and nutrition. There are three steps to the diet.

STEP 1: Diet consists of liquids, which usually leave the stomach quickly by gravity alone. Liquids prevent dehydration and keep the body supplied with vital salts and minerals.

STEP 2: Diet provides additional calories by adding a small amount of dietary fat — less than 40 gm each day. For patients with gastroparesis, fatty foods and oils should be restricted, because they delay stomach emptying. However, patients at the Step 2 level are usually able to tolerate this amount.

STEP 3: Diet is designed for long-term maintenance. Fat is limited to 50 gm per day, and fibrous foods are restricted, because many plant fibers cannot be digested.

More details of the diet with Sample Menus can be read at Jackson/Siegelbaum Gastroenterology’s Website

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