Myth/Fact: Does Chicken or Seafood slow down wound healing?
“I am not supposed to give my mother chicken, eggs or seafood, such as prawns, after surgery.”
Some believe that having chicken and seafood slows down wound healing. However, there is little evidence to back these claims. As surgery creates stress for our bodies, we require more nutrients to strengthen our immunity to prevent infections. Protein is a key nutrient that helps in wound healing and chicken, eggs and seafood are good sources of protein.
“Having soy sauce after surgery makes the injury flare up and the scarring will worsen.”
It’s a common belief that taking soya sauce while healing from any surgery wounds causes marks. This is a myth as there is no evidence to support this. The best way to heal scars after surgery is to eat a diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and E, Zinc and Iron to help with tissue growth and repair. So if your loved one has some soya sauce with their meal, you can rest assured their skin will not get marks!
Sample Meal Plan
We’ve included a sample meal plan above for post surgery recovery. However please seek your doctor’s advise before embarking on any such meal plans as your lifestyle, allergies and pre-existing conditions should be considered. If you have any doubt, you can teleconsult our doctors in Singapore to get advice on your post surgery meal plan.