Carcinoid Syndrome Diet

Carcinoid Syndrome Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet is key to managing your life, but carcinoid syndrome can sometimes make your food choices difficult. There are certain things you can do to help tailor your diet for your condition. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Avoid hot spices, like pepper or mustard, that may trigger diarrhea
  • Avoid foods with amines (chemicals that can trigger symptoms): aged cheese, alcohol, smoked or pickled foods, soy, some nuts, chocolate, coffee, and soda
  • Reduce your intake of foods that are high in fat
  • Increase your protein. Protein helps your immune system, gives you energy and rebuilds tissue
  • Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Monitor intake of foods with serotonin, particularly before a 5-HIAA test, like butternuts, black walnuts, pecans, pineapple, and bananas. Remember not to eat any of these foods 24 hours before having a 5-HIAA test

Every person reacts differently to different foods, so you should discuss any changes to your diet with your healthcare team.