Can You Eat Spicy Food After Your Bariatric Surgery?


Dr. Daniel J. Rosen is a leading laparascopic bariatric surgeon in New York City. His high-quality care at our state-of-the-art facility has drawn many patients from near and far.  We are here to help and support you. Part of why Dr. Rosen is so trusted for bariatric surgery is his focus on the patient’s life after the weight loss surgery, such as lifestyle, diet and exercise needs. With that in mind, we want to take a look spicy foods  – a question we receive often – and how they may affect your body after bariatric surgery.

Bariatric Surgery Requires Some Dietary Changes

While we’ve stressed this before, it’s still important to emphasize that when you undergo bariatric surgery, you must change your diet and lifestyle.  At Weight Zen we advocate a six week modified diet – protein shakes, purees and soft food – following surgery.  It’s important to follow a modified diet to ensure you receive optimal nutrition while allowing your stomach to heal. Once you’re able to eat solids again, we will discuss certain dietary restrictions to prevent uncomfortable conditions such as dumping syndrome, indigestion, and heartburn.

Will I Be Able To Eat Spicy Foods After My Bariatric Surgery?

The answer is not so simple: it is yes. And it is no.  However, a more precise answer would be to limit your intake of spicy foods, especially during your first few months of healing and recovery.  See how you feel after eating spicy foods and then decide if you can tolerate it or not.  We have found that tastes, tolerance or cravings may change post surgery.

While Everyone Is Different, It’s Smart To Be Conservative

After your body has healed following surgery, your chances of experiencing irritation from spicy food may decrease. However, it’s still important that you don’t rush your body when it comes to your diet and digestive health.  Take things slowly, and pay attention to your body and its needs.

Consider Starting Out Mild Before Moving To Spicy

While taking it slowly, we suggest testing your body’s threshold for spicy foods by starting with something that’s only mildly spicy. This will give you a better idea of how your body is going to tolerate spicy foods before you dive into spicier choices. As always, chew well, savor and enjoy your foods.

If you’re struggling with spicy foods and cravings, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Rosen at Weight Zen today using the below form. We’re here to help!

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