Slider foods are foods that “slide through” the pouch after gastric bypass surgery. Because gastric bypass patients no longer have a pyloric valve between their pouches and their small intestines, very wet, slippery, or liquid-like foods slide right out of the pouch. Imagine your pouch as a funnel with a very small opening in the bottom. If you pour something like well-chewed chicken or well-chewed beans into that funnel, it will take a while for that food to leave the funnel. However, if you pour something like yogurt, mashed potatoes, or soup into that funnel, it will not take long at all to leave the funnel.
Since slider foods don’t stay in the pouch for long, you’ll get hungry soon after eating them. Avoid slider foods if you want to feel full longer.
Partial List of Slider Foods
- Ice cream/frozen yogurt
- Cottage cheese
- Mashed potatoes
- Cream of wheat
- Chili (especially if it has much liquid/broth in it)
- Cereal with milk (including soy milk or almond milk)
- Pasta, if combined with a lot of sauce