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Fall Foods & Drinks for the COPD Patient

copd, copd foods, copd food, fall foodFall is a particularly festive time, and the onset of Fall is accompanied by the return of some favorite foods and dishes that are specific to this time of year. It won’t take you long to find a storefront or market aisle selling pumpkin and apple related treats. If you are a patient with COPD, however, you need to be especially careful about what foods you decide to eat, and exercise caution when it comes to how much you are eating. Here are a few tips on some of the most popular fall foods for people with COPD.

  • Pumpkin and Apple Pie – Saturated fats and trans fats should not be consumed in any great excess, and pumpkin pie and apple pie could potentially contain both. If you are to eat either of these pies, it is better to eat pie that was made with fresh ingredients rather than processed.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin seeds provide nutrients and vitamins. In addition, pumpkin seeds can help reduce the production of mucus, and that in turn can make breathing a little easier.
  • Apple Cider – According to Mass Grown, apple cider can be a source of potassium, and has no added sugars and is lower in calories than apple juice or other fruit juices.
  • Apples – Your first thought is that apples, as all fruit, are a healthy food and can be consumed at will. While apples are healthy, they carry with them a risky side-effect for people with COPD: bloating. Apples are one of the fruits that can trigger bloating/gas, and that can result in pressure on your breathing system and more complicated breathing.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potato is a vegetable rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, but unlike the apple, not known to cause gas or bloating. Eat away!
  • Donuts – Donuts are not recommended, but everything in moderation. It is better to eliminate foods like this and replace with treats that have whole grains and brown sugar.

Despite some advisories against certain traditional “fall foods,” it is still important to maintain caloric intake for energy. According to the American Lung Association, a person with COPD can burn ten times as many calories breathing as a healthy person.

Inogen wants you to enjoy Fall foods. Part of that enjoyment comes from knowing which foods to stay away from, which ones to enjoy in moderation, and which ones to have zero reservations about. As always, please share your pictures at the apple orchard, in the pumpkin patch, on a hayride, or anywhere else where you might be enjoying your Fall season.


Photo Credit: Lawrence OP

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