Pancreatitis is largely controlled by diet and there are specific foods which contribute greatly to pancreatitis attacks. The best way to control both chronic and acute pancreatitis is often through diet.
Avoid foods with high fat content. One of the causes of pancreatitis are high triglycerides (fats) in the blood. A diet high in fat is sure to bring on pancreatitis attacks so it is best to avoid meats, dairy and fried foods. Eat more carbohydrates, legumes, and fish.
Stay away from Alcohol. While maybe not technically a food, alcohol is one of the leading causes of pancreatitis, especially among men. Definitely stay clear of chronic alcoholism and binge drinking.
Avoid eating processed foods, especially those that contain partially hydrogenated oils. Free radicals atoms or molecules that wreak havoc and damage to your body. The amount of free radicals that come from food increases the longer it sits or the more it is processed. Foods with partially hydrogenated oils contribute even more (most processed foods contain them). The way the body deals with free radicals is antioxidants. These little nutrients eliminate free radicals from the body and are extremely important to the body. The more foods are processed or cooked, the less nutrients (including antioxidants) are left. So eat fresh.
- Cook foods less (with the exception of meat obviously)
- Make a list before going grocery shopping (and stick to it)
- Eat more fish
- Take supplements
- Buy fresh rather than frozen, boxed or canned