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Nuts, seeds and dried fruits with pancreatitis

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Last reviewed: 26.08.2019

In addition to basic foodstuffs, how many more that are not connected only with the need to get enough, but simply delight us with their flavor shades, with whose help simple dishes are brought to exquisite. So, butter is made from many nuts and seeds, they are added to salads, pastries, ice cream, and soups are prepared with them. They are very nutritious and helpful. The same with dried fruit. Which of them can and cannot be with pancreatitis?

Prunes with pancreatitis

Prunes are very good for the body. It contains B vitamins, tocopherol, ascorbic acid, vitamin K, a lot of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, rich in pectins, antioxidants. The use of prunes leads to a normalization of metabolism, reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, improves skin condition, it is a good remedy against constipation.[1], [2], [3]

At the same time, fiber, a lot of sugar, malic acid becomes a barrier for patients with pancreatitis. Prune contributes to the choleretic process, which should not be allowed.

In acute phases, the fruit should be excluded from its menu in its natural form, and only compotes should be prepared. In the period of calm allowed its limited consumption with an eye to the reaction of the pancreas.


Raisins are called dried grapes of various varieties. The grapes themselves are strictly forbidden for pancreatitis, since there are a lot of sugars, glucose, which becomes an additional burden on the diseased organ, [4]its numerous organic acids stimulate the production of pancreatic juice, hydrochloric acid, bile, fiber, it provokes excessive gas formation, causes relaxed stools, diarrhea

What happens to him after drying? Increases the concentration of carbohydrates as much as 8 times. During exacerbations, its presence is allowed only in compotes, a little later in jelly, mousses. Stable stabilization of the state allows with its help to improve the taste of cereals, pastries, various permissible desserts, to use in the preparation of pilaf, meat and fish dishes.


Dried apricot is considered to be dietary dried fruit. It contains all the vitamins necessary for the production of enzymes: C, PP, E, B1, B2, B5. In addition, it is a storehouse of beneficial microelements: iron improves blood formula, increases hemoglobin, potassium and sodium improves water-salt metabolism, pectin cleans the body from slagging, and the role of magnesium is generally impossible to overestimate, because it takes part in 350 enzymatic reactions.[5]

The only thing that does not allow to use dried apricots uncontrollably with pancreatitis is cellulose and 80% sucrose in its composition. More can harm the sulfur dioxide, which is used in its heat treatment. [6]Therefore, it is necessary to limit yourself to 3-4 berries per day, which have been put in warm water for 10 minutes beforehand and washed well with hot water.

Flax seeds

In the recipes of alternative medicine is often found the use of flax seeds for the treatment of diseases of the digestive system. It gained this recognition due to its ability to absorb toxins, exert a bactericidal effect on the mucosa, and heal the inner surface of the stomach, with the help of mucus formed during swelling.

In addition, flax seeds contain soluble fiber, which improves intestinal motility, omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, [7]normalizing fat metabolism, proteins necessary for the functioning of the pancreas. It is a good antioxidant that slows the aging process, it has vitamins and valuable minerals. It is recommended for diabetes due to the presence of complex carbohydrates that do not give a rapid jump in glucose in the blood.[8]

It would seem that flax seed has everything that is needed to treat pancreatic pathology, but its pronounced choleretic effect becomes an obstacle to this, especially during the seizures, as well as in chronic course against the background of cholelithiasis.


Walnuts have everything the body needs. These are vitamins A, E, group B, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, sodium, copper and other minerals; in terms of easily digestible protein, they are superior to meat, milk, legumes. Omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids have an invaluable effect on the vessels, brain, improving their functions, preventing the formation of cholesterol plaques and the development of atherosclerosis, improve the lipid profile, [9], [10]are useful for brain health [11].

To all this, walnuts are tasty, have a high energy value and are available for a whole year.

On the other hand, they have a rough structure, which makes it impossible to eat them without hindrance in case of pancreatic disorders. In the acute phases, they are strictly prohibited, since high levels of fat and fiber provoke an increased release of digestive enzymes and can lead to the development of pancreatic necrosis.

Nuts are included in the diet only a year after the exacerbation during a period of sustained remission. It is best to grind and add to salads, yogurt, cereal. The quantity must be limited and the quality is high. Peeled packaged, seasoned with spices, salt or sugar will not work.

Peanuts for pancreatitis

Peanuts are called peanuts, but in reality they belong to the legume family. This is an annual plant with oval fruits, located two in a kind of pods. They originate and develop on the surface, on the stalks of bushes, and ripen, dropping into the ground.

More than half of their composition is occupied by fatty oil, it contains many glycerides of various acids (stearic, palmitic, oleic, lanolic and others). In addition, they have proteins, globulins, glutenins, vitamins, sugars, amino acids.[12]

Like all legumes, peanuts and peanut butter are not suitable for people with a diseased pancreas at all stages of the pathology. Should not forget also about peanut allergy.[13]

Pine nuts

Although pine nuts are smaller than their counterparts in size, their nutritional value exceeds many. It is famous for its healing properties, and herbalists successfully treat cedar oil with many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, obesity and pancreatitis.[14], [15]

Its rich composition consisting of easily digestible vegetable proteins, vitamin E, more than a dozen amino acids, provides an anti-inflammatory, healing, analgesic effect.

It is most effective to use oil during exacerbations, the doctor will tell you the dosage, and with sustained remission you can eat natural nuts: a handful will daily strengthen the body, help you recover from an illness, and they also improve the taste of many dishes.

Seeds for pancreatitis

Definitely about all types of seeds can not be judged. Such popular sunflower seeds, which are sold in retail chains, are definitely not suitable for pancreatitis delicacies. In the fried grains, under the influence of heat treatment, everything useful disappears and only fat remains.

If the sunflower is grown in its garden, then raw seeds will provide the body with many beneficial substances found in them. [16]It is not necessary to abuse them, but a small handful eaten after the main meal will not harm and will replace the dessert.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds also have a rich vitamin and mineral composition, are used in medicine as an anthelmintic, for treating kidneys and urinary tract, [17]as a choleretic, have a hypoglycemic effect. [18], [19]Due to the high content of fats, coarse fiber, they can not be used in acute periods of pancreatitis.

Stable absence of symptoms allows them to be limited to use, but not roasted, but only dried in the oven.


Sesame, like other seeds, is a heavy product for a diseased pancreas. But since he has many beneficial properties (lowers the acidity of the stomach, removes toxins, normalizes metabolism, compensates for the lack of protein in the body, strengthens the immune system, prevents neoplasms, [20]has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects [21]), it is limited to include in the diet during remission. Fresh sesame seeds can be sprinkled with salads, pastries.

Consume grains and germinated form. To do this, they are first soaked in water for several hours, then transferred to a glass jar, covered with a tight lid and put in a warm place. In 2-3 days sprouts will appear. A teaspoon per day is enough to strengthen the body, improve its condition.

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