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What should I eat while recovering from a tonsillectomy?

While recovering from a tonsillectomy, you might want to eat soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow. These foods might include Jell-O, mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, applesauce, cream of wheat, and pasta. These types of soft foods might make it less painful to eat, since your throat will be sore from the tonsillectomy. You’ll also want to drink a lot of fluids, such as water or apple juice, to stay hydrated. Juices such as orange or grapefruit juice have a lot of acid and might hurt your throat if you drink them after a tonsillectomy. Some foods can also be painful to eat after a tonsillectomy, including spicy foods, hot foods, and crunchy foods such as uncooked vegetables or dry cereal.

Following a tonsillectomy, your physician may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process. Opt for nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and lean meats, eggs and beans whenever possible. These types of foods are optimal because they provide vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for healing, including zinc, protein, and vitamins A and C.

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