Foods To Avoid After Donating Blood

Donating blood is a fairly straightforward process. The entire process takes a little longer than an hour and includes both a health history and a physical to ensure the donor’s good health. Since some conditions and medications can be transmitted through the blood, the doctor will have to check for them before allowing a potential donor to give blood.

Actually drawing blood takes approximately ten minutes. The doctor will use a sterile needle and then bandage the donor’s arm after they have finished drawing blood. The donor will rest for ten to fifteen minutes and enjoy some light refreshments and drinks before leaving.

After giving blood, the donor should drink four eight-ounce glasses of non-alcoholic fluids, and eat iron-rich foods like meat, beans, and dried fruit to replace the iron and liquid lost during the donation. They should also avoid foods like the ones listed below.

Foods With A Lot Of Grease


A blood donor’s body will need readily accessible energy it can use to produce more blood. That’s one reason why blood drives offer snacks and drinks: they want donors to immediately start replenishing the fluids and nutrients they lost while giving blood. Conversely, somebody who has just given blood should avoid foods that take a lot of effort and time for the body to digest, and foods with a lot of grease usually fall into that category. Greasy foods also tend to contain more calories than other foods, so eating a lot of them increases the chances of becoming overweight. A person who fills up on greasy foods rather than healthier foods may even develop nutritional deficiencies for they aren’t getting the vitamins and minerals they need.

Keep reading to discover the next food individuals should avoid after donating blood.

HealthPrep Staff