The food we eat has a huge impact on our health in so many ways, some obvious like our weight, and others not so obvious like setting the stage for heart disease, diabetes, etc. When a person has a health condition like pancreatitis, diet is even more important. This is because the pancreas is the organ responsible for producing digestive enzymes, explains the Cleveland Clinic.
When a person has pancreatitis, the pancreas becomes swollen and inflamed and cannot do its job properly. Eating an unhealthy diet only puts more pressure on an organ that is already struggling and working overtime. “Whether the inflammation is acute or chronic, we want to minimize the extra workload for the pancreas,” says Prabhleen Chahal, MD, to the source.
For those who are suffering from pancreatitis or others who just want to learn more about it, here is a list of the best foods to eat…
Apples are a super great choice for people with pancreatitis because they are naturally high in fiber which means they’ll help reduce the risk of gallstones and high triglycerides, both of which cause acute pancreatitis, says Cleveland Clinic. They also work to lower inflammation and aid digestion, according to Dr. Axe. As the added cherry on top, apples are an easy snack to enjoy on the go or just to quickly prepare at home!
Just be sure not to eat too much fiber at once because it “can slow down digestion and result in less-than-idea absorption of nutrients from food,” writes Healthline. “Fiber may also make your limited amount of enzymes less effective.”