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The Importance of Protein After Bariatric Surgery

Protein is the most important building block in our body for all organs, muscles and bone structure. Protein is important for all cells vital reactions. For this reason, taking protein everyday is an crucial part of general health. If you do not consume enough protein, you will see many health problems arise.

After the bariatric surgery, your food intake will be limited. It is important to benefit from every food. For energy and nutrition wise it is an amazing way to benefit from your protein diet.

How Much Protein Do I Need Daily?

This depends on patient. Generally, bariatric surgery patients should consume 60 to 80 grams of protein every day. For some patients, depending on their health factors, it is suggested to consume 90 grams.

Protein Sources for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Bariatric surgery patients should care about proteins first and vegetables and carbohydrates later.

As protein sources:

Eggs

Nonfat veal

Nonfat lamb

Turkey

Chicken

Fish

Dry bean

Chickpea

Gren peas

Mushroom

Chia seed

Flaxseed

Cheese

Yogurt (homemade)

Kefir

Milk

After the first months of surgery, try to take protein that is easy to chew and swallow. First months you can eat drumstick of the chicken easily as it is softer. Fish meat is rich in protein and easy to eat too. Broad beans are easy for some and not for others. Veal is difficult for people but it is easier to eat as meat balls and lamb is always more tolerable. During meals it is important to eat vegetable or animal protein.