Can Bariatric Surgery Change Your Food Drive?
Many patients experience a change in food preferences and tastes following bariatric surgery. While not everyone will notice such alterations, it’s a common enough phenomenon that it’s worth looking into the mechanism behind it. Our extensively trained weight loss surgeons and medical staff will help you through the various experiences following bariatric surgery, including an evolving appetite.
Some of the most commonly reported changes in taste are aversions to certain foods, typically animal proteins like chicken, steak, and bacon, as well other foods like eggs and dairy products. A reduced craving for sweet, sugary, and fried foods is also normal. Interestingly, few individuals develop an aversion to fruits and vegetables. In most cases, these dislikes are strong in the beginning but begin to subside over time, allowing patients to enjoy many of their favorite foods again. As far as sugary and fried foods, you should try to limit those items anyway.
If your aversion to food seems to be related to texture or an intolerance, it may help to change the preparation or substitute the food with another option. Animal proteins can be cooked with liquids or marinades to make them juicier and less dry. Products with lactose, including milk, yogurt, and cheese, can be swapped out for alternatives using unsweetened soy or almonds.
If you have questions about your dietary preferences following surgery, we can help. Talk to us today to learn more about how to make your weight loss experience the best it can be.
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