What To Eat? A Quick Guide For Crohn’s Disease

A chronic disease which causes inflammation in sufferers, Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the digestive tract and often causes uncomfortable and painful symptoms which can potentially cause serious damage to the digestive system. This illness makes it difficult for the small intestines to digest and absorb nutrients from food and can often lead to malnutrition and anemia. This can make maintaining good nutrition and health a real challenge.

Knowing what foods are easy on digestion and what isn’t can help one better manage their symptoms. Learning and knowing what foods to personally avoid will help you better handle this disease, reduce symptoms, and will promote healing in the intestines. In addition, knowing what foods to eat can also help, as they can help you stay nourished without aggravating your sensitive digestive system. In order to help get you started on the road to better health, here are some suggestions of what foods to avoid, and what foods to turn to for those suffering from Crohn’s disease.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Foods high in fiber
  • Alcohol
  • Butter, margarine, and mayonnaise
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Dairy Products (if lactose intolerant)
  • Fried, fatty foods
  • Lentils, beans, and legumes
  • Cabbage, onions, and broccoli
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Red Meat
  • Pork
  • Whole grains and bran
  • Spicy foods

Foods to Eat:

  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Poultry
  • Rice
  • Avocado
  • Papaya
  • Potatoes
  • Salmon, tuna, herring (oily fish)
  • Vegetable soup
  • Liquid meals (shakes)
  • Low fiber and soluble fiber foods

Please keep in mind that the right diet is on the individual and will vary from person to person, so there is not one correct answer or diet plan for sufferers of Crohn’s disease. Foods that soothe and trigger foods are highly variable among people, and what works for one person might not work for someone else. In fact, it may make their symptoms worse, so knowing your body and what your own personal trigger foods are will help you reduce your symptoms and live a more pain-free life!

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