Nutrition Tips

4 Recipe Substitution Tips for Pancreatic Cancer

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Note: These tips are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Talk to your healthcare team for nutritional advice or to ask specific questions you have about managing your condition or that of a loved one.

1. Fat malabsorption

If you are not able to tolerate fat in your diet due to fat malabsorption (inadequate absorption of fat from the intestinal tract), choose non-fat or low-fat dairy products, decrease the amount of oil used, and avoid adding nuts. Two egg whites may be substituted for 1 egg.

2. Lactose intolerance

If you are not able to tolerate lactose in your diet due to gas, bloating, or diarrhea associated with dairy consumption, substitute lactose-free milk or soy, rice, or almond milk.

3. Diabetes or elevated blood sugar

If you have diabetes or elevated blood sugar, you may reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe or ask your healthcare team for a recommended sugar substitute.

4. Gluten intolerant

If you are intolerant to gluten, gluten-free flour can easily be substituted in any recipe.

These nutritional tips were developed by registered dietitians who are board-certified specialists in oncology nutrition affiliated with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Savor Health.