Eating Seeds & Nuts After RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery

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After having RNY gastric bypass is it okay to eat seeds and nuts, including sunflower seeds?

How should sunflower seeds and other types of seeds and nuts fit into my diet overall post-gastric bypass?



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Bariatric surgeon at CBGSA , Arcadia , California

by: Dr. Troy LaMar

Hi Tanya,

Certainly, a common question is can I eat nuts after bariatric surgery?

In general, I would not recommend eating these things for at least the first 3 months after surgery. However, after this time frame, it is ok to eat them, but be careful, although nuts and seeds have a little bit of protein, they have a large amount of fat.....therefore, a lot of calories.

Many of my patients snack between meals on nuts, and then regain weight, thinking they are eating a food to get protein.

I recommend just a few nuts every so often. Do not make them a habit.

Good luck,
Troy LaMar MD

los angeles bariatric surgeon

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Eating Pomegranates

by: Susan K

Can folks who have had Gastric Bypass eat Pomegranates?

I love them but am afraid of blockage from the seeds even though I had surgery a number of years ago.

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