Foods to Eat With Gastroparesis



Gastroparesis also called delayed stomach emptying is a disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. It occurs when the vagus nerve is damaged and the muscles of the stomach and intestines do not work properly. In such cases food moves slowly or stops moving through the digestive tract. Some of the symptoms of gastroparesis include heartburn, vomiting of undigested food (many hours after their last meal), nausea, abdominal bloating, early feeling of fullness when eating, weight loss, high blood glucose levels, gastroesophageal reflux and lack of appetite. Gastroparesis may be associated with paralysis of other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. Other terms used for this condition include gastric stasis, gastropathy, slow stomach, sluggish stomach. Below you will find some of the foods you can eat with gastroparesis. Always consult your health care provider first.

Causes of gastroparesis:

Some of the causes of gastroparesis include:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Viral infections
  • Surgery on the stomach or vagus nerve
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Medications such as anticholinergics and narcotics. These drugs that slow contractions in the intestine.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Nervous system diseases such as abdominal migraine and Parkinson's disease
  • Hypothyroidism

List of foods you can eat with gastroparesis:

1. Vegetables: Some of the vegetables you can eat with gastroparesis include carrots, mushrooms, acorn squash, potatoes (no skin), spinach, beets, tomatoes (no skin), tomato puree, summer squash, strained tomato sauce. Always remove the skin and cook the vegetables well.

2. Fruits and juices: Apple juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, grape juice, prune juice, strained baby fruits, canned fruits without skins such as applesauce, peaches and pears is safe for gastroparesis. Avoid raw, fresh skin on produce such as berries, oranges, plums and skin on apples.

Foods to eat with gastroparesis - Ginger tea
Foods to eat with gastroparesis - Ginger tea

3. Ginger: Ginger aids digestion and relieves nausea and vomiting. You can try drinking a cup of ginger tea about 30 minutes before meals to stimulate gastric juices or after meals to aid digestion. You can use ginger in soups, entrees, baking and marinades. Also you can make ginger syrup at home. It is a mixture of ginger extract and honey or hot water. Ginger is a great home remedy for gastroparesis and has a unique power of healing due to the high contents of volatile oils.

4. Grains: Another good food to eat with gastroparesis is low fiber foods. Low fiber foods and grains is best for gastroparesis. Some of the low fiber grains including white bread, white rice, pasta such as couscous, plain grits, plain oats, plain bagels, white grain waffles, plain roll, breadsicks, toast, cream of rice and cream of wheat.

5. Proteins: Red meat is hard to digest for people with gastroparesis. Instead, you can focus on lean meats such as skinless chicken and turkey, non breaded fish like scallops, tuna, oysters, eggs whites, tofu and dairy products. These are rich in protein that digest well with gastroparesis. Consume hot cereals with skim milk, soy or rice milk and liquid nutritional supplements.

Some of the fat free protein sources include egg beaters, egg whites, powdered egg whites, fat free milk, non fat dry milk powder, non fat cottage cheese, non fat yogurt, non fat cottage cheese, evaporated skim milk, fat free luncheon meat, high protein egg whites and high protein broth.


6. Soups: You can make soups with fat freebroth, skim milk, fat free bouillon containing pasta or nooddles. Also you can add ground chicken meat, ground turkey meat, tomato puree and finely chopped and cooked vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms acorn squash.

7.Desserts: Custards and puddings made with skim milk, sherbet, low fat yogurt, vanilla wafers, marshmallows, popsicles, caramels and jelly. you can make shakes with liquid nutritional supplements such as nutra shake, ensure, boost, honey, non fat ice cream (no nuts), syrups, banana and vanilla carnation instant breakfast.

8. Others: Peanut butter 2 tbsp per day, ginger snaps, graham crackers, gatorade, ginger ale, crackers, saltines and pretzels.

It is best to avoid dried fruits, oranges, broccoli, berries, caffeine, popcorn, nuts, seeds and oatmeal. These foods are high in fiber and difficult to digest.

Basic dietary guidelines for gastroparesis:

1.Eat 6 small meals instead of 3 big meals. It helps your stomach from getting full and reduce gastric pressure.

2. Avoid high fiber foods because the indigestible portion remain in the stomach for much longer periods and possibly form bezoars or hard calcifications of food that causes severe vomiting and nausea.Foods associated with bezoar formation include berries, apples, brussel sprouts, oranges, coconuts, corn, figs, green beans, legumes, potato peels, sauerkraut and tomato skins.

3. Limit caffeine and alcohol as they trigger symptoms of gastroparesis.

4. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.


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Joshuad 4 years ago from The World Of Making The Assumed Impossibilities Possible.

Great info, really Gastroparesis that is associated with paralysis of parts of the gastrointestinal tract is sometimes hard to deal with as the stomach is more slower, but your hub is such a help in determining suitable kinda feed.

Keep posting.

kelleyward 4 years ago

very useful info. I don't have gastroparesis but I have type 1 diabetes so this information is important to me. Thanks!

carol 4 years ago

Thank you for the helpful info on this condition. I was getting very depressed trying to find foods to eat. I am looking forward to the ginger tea instead of coffee in the morning. God bless.

Cindy 4 years ago

I have gastroparesis and am gluten intolerant. I have been eating the same foods for the past 5 yrs. or so. I am finding that some of them are now causing me problems. I am desperately looking for other foods to eat. I eat chex cereal, bananas, yogurt, eggs, ice cream, rice pudding, Boost, peanut butter, Nutella, pretzels and that's about it. Any other ideas? Thanks

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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Useful and informative hub. Thanks for posting it. Voted up!

Angela 4 years ago

I have Sever Gastroparesis and its nice to have more knowledge on the the food than when i was diagnosed with it. I would really like to hear some feed back on the ginger tea. I tried it today but im sure there is another way to do the ginger. I love to eat Ginger when it is sliced and juicy like at sushi restaurant. Does anyone know how to make or where to buy it like that?!! Thanks so much

Stephanie 3 years ago

I have lived with GP for 5 years now and started a blog, sharing what I've learned from my own experience and working with others at Thanks for sharing the tips on this page, we can never stop learning how to improve our conditions!

jane smith 3 years ago

i have gastroparesis my doctor what let me take medience i can not eat anything much that it doesn"t hurt me i done so much better on medience i was on reglan only for around three months he would not put me on anything else let me know if you takemedience does it help and what you can eat

Daniell 3 years ago

I am new to this site! Not new to the pain. I'm looking for something I can eat. I'm a hungry girl. The pain is terrible if I eat or drink even water. Help a hungry girl out give me some tips please. I want to eat!!!

AMY 3 years ago

I was diagnosed with idiopathic GP one year ago and was given a medicine called DOMPERIDONE it is a COMPOUNDED medicine only made in pharmacies that do compounding formulas. This med. DOMPERIDONE has been a life saver for me. I am back to eating all of the foods I love with this med. you take it before your meals , and at bedtime. I average 2 or 3 a day. The only bad thing about this medicine is it is not FDA regulated..There for INS. doesn't cover So I pay out of pocket for mine. I LOVE being able to eat the foods I have been missing . DOMPERIDONE can be found on the web along with the info on pharmacies that make this .. HOWEVER you do have to have your DOCTOR prescribe this,and the right amount is different for each person. I am not promoting this in anyway I am just letting folks know what has helped me. Consult your own DR. for what is best for you.

robbin 2 years ago

Excuse my previous post I was diagnosed with GP

Joan 1 year ago 2 years ago

I too have a sever case of Gp

have lost 134lbs to date I understand about the pain. I am still struggling with what works and what does not. Seeking advice.

Anne 16 months ago

thank you for this info..i have gp n have had it for 6 years..this information was very useful but still can't eat a lot of things either...

laura 13 months ago

please give info on Domperidone my dr office can no longer help it is a savior for me how else do i get this

Lisa 3 weeks ago

It looks like I'm not alone with this condition. Yay!

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