Diet during chronic pancreatitis is a very sensitive issue, since not following the diet can cause a relapse in the disease.
- A person with chronic pancreatitis has to eat 5-6 meals evenly spaced throughout the day.
- Things such as alcohol (including beer), marinades, pickled vegetables, fried food, broth, fatty, spicy and salty food should be excluded from the diet. Coffee and tea (including green tea) should also be avoided. Soft drinks such as Coca Cola, Spite, etc. can cause an immediate relapse in chronic pancreatitis.
- The diet should include a large amount of proteins in the form of lean meat, fish, sour cream, and cheese. Fats should be cut down to 70-80 grams per day. If the patent has signs of diabetes, carbohydrates should also be restricted.
- The food should be warm (not too hot or too cold).
- The patient should only drink juices that do not have artificial sweeteners, and herbal teas.
- It is acceptable to consume milk products as long as they have a low amount of fat.
- Overall, the entire diet should revolve around products that are easy to digest.
The pancreas of patients with chronic pancreatitis is very sensitive, so even the diet recommendations mentioned above are not complete. Different patients cannot tolerate different products, so at first, the diet should be very strict, and then gradually broadened. By slowly adding new products to the diet, the patient can find out what foods cause discomfort. Those foods should be carefully avoided by the patient in order to prevent a relapse of the chronic pancreatitis.