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Why Do Foods Taste Different After Bariatric Surgery?

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Posted 12/16/2014

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For a lot of patients foods can change the way they taste. Things taste totally different and things that you used to love before surgery, for whatever reason, they have some sort of different aftertaste and you might not like them as much. The biggest example I have are people who love milk-based products, you know, lactose, you know milk drinkers, yogurt eaters, for some reason a lot of these patients after surgery -- they -- they tend to want to mix their protein shakes with milk, but it just doesn't taste the same. And it's almost this exploration of the new foods and different tastes that, you know, they see as they are discovering what they can eat, what they can tolerate, what tastes better for them, what didn't taste as well before. It can definitely be a process where patients are like, you know, I grew up - as a kid I loved, you know, candy and sweets and then after surgery that, you know, the food that we don't want them to eat has this now kind of bland taste or metallic taste and that opens their eyes to other things that they can eat and other things so that they can, you know, kind of change their palate up or at least explore new foods and other options as well. To learn more about the Bariatrics Center, visit or call 1-800-922-0000.