Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inflamed Pancreas Liquid Diet

There are two main types of liquid diets that may be used to treat pancreatitis:

  • Clear Liquids
  • Full Liquids:
    • Started after a person tolerates clear liquids for 24 hours without vomiting

Clear Liquid Diet
Clear liquids are liquids you can see through. Clear liquids are easily absorbed by the intestines, which reduces stress on the intestines. Clear liquids may contain some nutrition, but are inadequate to support the body's energy needs for more than a few days.

Clear liquids include:
  • Bouillon soup
  • Coffee
  • Broth
  • Fruit juices without pulp
  • Gelatin
  • Popsicles
  • Soft drinks
  • Sports drinks:
    • Gatorade
    • Powerade
  • Tea
  • Water

Full Liquid Diet
Someone who is tolerating clear liquids, but cannot tolerate solid food, may tolerate a full liquid diet. A full liquid diet can safely sustain the body for long periods of time.

Full liquids include:
  • Cream of wheat
  • Fruit juices
  • Honey
  • Jelly
  • Milk, milkshakes and ice cream
  • Nutrition supplement drinks, such as Ensure or Boost
  • Pureed meats
  • Pureed vegetables
  • Soups without solids
  • Syrups
  • Vegetable juices
  • Yogurt and pudding

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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