Sweets for pancreatitis: what can and what can not?

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Last reviewed: 20.04.2022

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Inflammation of the pancreas requires a special approach to nutrition. On the one hand, it is necessary to provide the body with everything necessary for its full functioning, on the other hand, to select products that cannot harm the organ. Such balancing forces to find a constant compromise between "I want" and "I can". Sometimes it's hard to give up your favorite foods in favor of your health. The sweet tooth is worried about the question, what can and what can not be sweets with pancreatitis? [1]

Ice cream with pancreatitis

Studying the recommendations on nutrition, a patient with pancreatitis will certainly stumble upon the rule not to eat too cold or hot food. Regardless of the stage of the disease: exacerbation or remission, ice cream is contraindicated for a number of reasons:

  • cold food can provoke a spasm of the pancreatic and bile ducts, which will lead to an outbreak of the disease;
  • it is a fatty and high-calorie product that requires increased production of food enzymes for splitting, which is an additional burden on the body;
  • it is sweet, which indicates sufficient sugar content; sugar by itself in pancreatitis is allowed in small volumes during a stable period, but too sweet a product requires increased secretion of insulin, which is difficult for a damaged gland;
  • it contains preservatives, flavors, various flavors and components (nuts, chocolate, fruits, condensed milk) that are not suitable for inflammation.

Marshmallow for pancreatitis

Fortunately, not all sweets are banned for pancreatitis. An example of this is the marshmallow. And all because it is made from egg whites, pectin, vitamins and minerals, agar-agar.

There are many varieties of this delicacy: white, pink with the addition of fruit fillers, in chocolate icing. To avoid harmful additives (manufacturers do not always use the declared useful ingredient), it is best to choose white.

In the acute stage of the disease and the next 2 months, it should be completely abandoned. Then allow yourself half a marshmallow with unsweetened tea. If there was no negative response from the pancreas, then eat 1-2 things daily.

Casserole for pancreatitis

Any baked products are much healthier than fried and tastier than boiled ones. In this case, cottage cheese casserole can combine taste and benefit: simple, with apples, carrots and others; with rice and pumpkin or those for which there is enough imagination.

The only condition in the first case is that the cottage cheese is low-fat, there is little sugar, and only proteins are used from eggs. To obtain an airy effect, proteins are whipped with sugar, combined with the bulk of well-ground cottage cheese, a pinch of salt and 1-2 tablespoons of semolina pre-soaked in sour cream are added. The top can be stolen with fruits or berries.

Jam for pancreatitis

Jam is a way of harvesting berries and fruits for the winter, but it is prepared with the addition of sugar, which is undesirable for a sick pancreas. In acute forms, it is completely excluded, and during periods of stable remission, you can afford to add a little to tea, yogurt, kefir, dilute fruit drinks, cook jelly.

The absence of diabetes allows you to occasionally send a spoon just into your mouth, but you should only give preference to a product from the fruits allowed for pancreatitis. These include apples, apricots, currants, cherries, plums, strawberries, peaches.

Best of all, homemade jam, in which the hostess tried to keep as many vitamins and minerals as possible, which means she did not digest and did not destroy everything useful.

Pies for pancreatitis

Most of the recipes for pies involve cooking them with yeast and this is the main obstacle for a sick pancreas. Various components are always added to the dough for them: fats, sugar, eggs, which makes them high-calorie and harmful to the body. Any fresh pastries are unacceptable for dietary table number 5 prescribed for pancreatitis.

Preservatives, dyes, flavors are added to purchased products, which is also not suitable for patients. Therefore, the most suitable are crackers from a long loaf, dried by oneself, biscuit cookies "Maria", "Zoological".

With a long absence of complaints, you can allow oatmeal cookies (oatmeal contains enzymes similar to those produced by the gland itself), dried biscuit, cottage cheese shortcakes, meringue, but not more than 50g per day.

Sweets for pancreatitis

Can sweets harm pancreatitis? To know for sure, you need to understand what they are made of. They contain sugar, most varieties use solid fats, palm oil, dyes, thickeners, flavors, there may be milk powder, lactose, cognac, liqueurs, nuts, chocolate.

Each component individually already speaks not in their favor. Sweets are high-calorie, high in carbohydrates, which is associated with an increased load on the pancreas, highly allergenic, capable of provoking dysbacteriosis, causing flatulence.

Even in long periods of calm without exacerbations, the consumption of this delicacy should be minimized as much as possible, and the safest varieties among them are sweets for diabetics, "Bird's Milk" soufflé, jelly, "Korovka".

Caramel, toffee, lollipops are considered unsuitable for this disease.

Halva with pancreatitis

Halva is a completely non-dietary product, because it is prepared from toasted kernels of oil nuts or seeds with the addition of caramel mass, to which a large amount of molasses is added to maintain the plasticity of the product.

For healthy people, this confectionery is an excellent supplier of energy, due to polyunsaturated fatty acids it prevents the development of atherosclerosis, and thanks to potassium and magnesium, it is useful for the muscular, cardiac, reproductive and nervous systems.

In acute periods of pancreatitis, a strict taboo is imposed on halva, and only after several months of the absence of symptoms, you can carefully try no more than 20-30g per day, and not everyone.

Condensed milk with pancreatitis

Condensed milk is a concentrated dairy product with a high sugar content. In addition, in the absence of proper control by the state over the quality of products, natural milk is often replaced with vegetable fats during production.

Condensed milk with pancreatitis is a dangerous product that can cause an exacerbation. If the pancreas has returned to normal and does not bother for a long time, then occasionally you can treat yourself to a spoonful of goodies, if you are confident in the manufacturer.

Marmalade with pancreatitis

Natural marmalade is prepared on the basis of berry and fruit juices. Although a significant part of the useful components is digested during its preparation, something remains, including pectins, which have a beneficial effect on the digestive system. They contribute to intestinal peristalsis, cleanse the body of toxins and toxins, lower cholesterol.

For thickening, use agar-agar obtained from algae, or gelatin (from cartilage or animal bones). To reduce the cost of products, flavorings, dyes can be used. Therefore, marmalade for patients with inflammation of the pancreas is positioned as relatively safe.

With a strict diet, it is not used. Sustained remission allows for this sweetness and should be started with one bite, but not more than four per day.

The quality of any product is displayed on the price in the direction of its increase, so you need to choose a product based on it, better packaged, the packaging of which contains a printed composition, light in color without dyes. The best option is to cook it yourself using recipes from the Internet or cookbooks.

Chewing gum for pancreatitis

In the process of chewing, the production of pancreatic and gastric juices is stimulated. In fact, the digestive reflex is deceived: the body is tuned in to food, but it is not. In this case, the pancreas "eats" its own cells.

On the other hand, chewing gum uses sweeteners, not always natural flavors, antioxidants that adversely affect the body.

The only possible summary suggests itself: do not use. Advice for big fans is to refuse completely during exacerbations of the pathology and limit it to a minimum in other, calm periods.

Pastila for pancreatitis

This type of dessert will not harm the body in any way, except for acute periods, if you cook it yourself, especially from green apples.

The recipe is quite simple: cut the fruit into slices without peeling (it contains the most useful nutrients), put in a saucepan, add a little water so as not to burn, simmer. Drain the resulting juice, free each piece from the skin manually or with the help of a sieve, add sugar (do not get carried away), turn it into a homogeneous mass with a blender. Prepare a baking sheet, put parchment paper greased with vegetable oil on it, spread the resulting puree on it with a thin layer. In an oven heated to 130 0 C, dry the marshmallow for one and a half hours, while the door should be slightly open (place a non-burning object).

Corn sticks for pancreatitis

In corn grits, from which corn sticks are made, there is a lot of fiber, which is unfavorable for the gland. Although the sticks themselves are light and airy, they use sugar or powdered sugar, salt, vegetable oil, and to expand the assortment, various other additives (chocolate icing, spices), flavor enhancers.

In the chronic form of pancreatitis with a long absence of attacks, you can afford a small portion, but not dry, but add it to yogurt, fermented baked milk, drink tea. And for breakfast, it is still better to give preference to rice and oatmeal.

Fructose in pancreatitis

With such a negative role of sugar on the diseased organ, the question arises, is it not better to use sweeteners in the diet? Doctors agree with this statement, especially when it comes to natural ones, they are sweeter than sugar, so they need less to get the usual sensations.

One of these is fructose, which is found in honey, berries and fruits. Its entry into the body is not accompanied by the release of insulin, unlike glucose. However, you can use it only during the subsidence of the disease.

Jelly for pancreatitis

Jelly can be not only tasty, but also a healthy dessert if you use products that are not prohibited in pancreatitis, such as apples, plums, peaches, in it. Gelled slices of fruit without a lot of sugar will give pleasure and do no harm, provided that there is no sharp process.

Making jelly at home allows you to minimize substances that can harm the pancreas. Nevertheless, gelling agents, although useful for joints, cartilage, connective tissue, are not very desirable for pancreatitis, especially against the background of gallstones, so you should not get too carried away.

Meringue with pancreatitis

To prepare meringue, egg whites combined with sugar are used. If you cook it at home, then you can eliminate all the risks for the pancreas: do not sweeten it too much, do not add harmful additives. Only in this case, the dessert becomes conditionally permitted during a chronic illness, a sufficient time distance from the outbreak of pathology.

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