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Foods to Eat With Gastroparesis

Updated on April 27, 2016


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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      Jeanieb 2 months ago

      My husband has pretty severe GP and he has lost so much weight. He is really struggling and he gets really depressed. I feel so bad for him. I have major heart disease, so food is a really hard thing to try and do for both of us. I feel guilty sometimes, because he can’t eat. He also has heart disease, and many other medical issues. I feel so defeated.

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      Lilflower 7 months ago

      Thank you for this GP information, I will be asking questions with Doctor visit Friday. Very helpful with good information to better health.

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      Swan2017 9 months ago

      I was diagnosed with gastroparesis two weeks ago. I am struggling with the emotional side of this not being able to eat with my family and don't know how I will be able to go to social gatherings for work. I was told by my doctor I could only have two bites of food every two hours 8 to 10 times a day. I have found a savior for protein 1 tablespoon equals 30 grams it mixes easily and it is unflavored and you can put it anything. You can get it at GNC it is called NextGen. The associate at the store said cancer patients, heart patients, and gastric sleeve patients use. Hopefully, this was helpful.

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      Margaret 11 months ago

      I nearly died from the gastroparesis secondary to my hereditary neuralgic amatrophy as a child because they kept thinking I had anorexia. Going to a psychologist does not help nerve damage, that is for sure. I live on enteral formula.

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      Sharon 13 months ago

      I could use a meal plan for my gastropresis

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      Lauren 14 months ago

      I have GP and I couldn't eat or barely drink anything... in a few weeks it will be a year since I had the gastric stimulator implanted in my stomach and I can honestly say I feel back to my old self. I can't eat everything like before but I have gained a pretty significant amount of wait back (and can even stand to lose some). I understand the pain and the cravings of wanting to eat but wanted to share about how this surgery has helped me so much. My hospital stays are few if none now. Please be patient and mindful of what you are eating. God bless you all.

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      Lisa 17 months ago

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

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      laura 2 years 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

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      Anne 2 years 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...

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      Joan 1 year ago 3 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.

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      robbin 3 years ago

      Excuse my previous post I was diagnosed with GP

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      AMY 4 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.

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      Daniell 4 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!!!

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      jane smith 5 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

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      Stephanie 5 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!

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      Angela 5 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

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

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

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      Cindy 5 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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      carol 6 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.

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

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

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      Joshuad 6 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.