Yesterday we came across an article titled “3 Healthy Eating Habits From The Longest Living People In The World.” That article contained three common-sense nutrition recommendations based on populations living in the Blue Zones. The Blue Zones are five areas throughout the world where people live the longest and best lives.

1. Minimize added sugar intake.

2. Choose whole foods over processed foods.

3. Triple your veggie intake.

This advice is so simple and unsexy that it surprised us it was trending amongst more sensationalized health headlines. But it’s spot-on and consistent with our findings and recommendations. Eating more veggies, fewer highly processed foods, and less sugar is essential for good health. And, it’s especially important for people with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. That’s why we’ve written three in-depth articles on these topics, specifically for those with IBD:

Sugar & IBD Explained

Why to Stay Away from Ultra-Processed Foods if You Have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis 

Your Guide to a Low-Fiber Diet for IBD

Your IBD need not stand in the way of you and healthy eating!

Your Guide to a Low-Fiber Diet for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

Even if you have limited nutrition knowledge, you probably know that fiber is good for human health. So, it surprises folks with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis when a healthcare provider tells them to follow a low-fiber diet for their disease. It’s a catch-22. Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, but too much fiber can upset an irritated or inflamed gut.

Why You Should Stay Away from Ultra-Processed Foods If You Have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

If I had to choose one piece of advice I wish everyone (with and without IBD) would follow, it’s this: Avoid highly or ultra-processed foods, at least most of the time. Most of us eat many more ultra-processed foods than we think we do. Recent studies suggest that certain food additives present in ultra-processed foods might contribute to IBD onset and flares.

Sugar and IBD Explained

Too much added sugar is bad for us and for IBD. Research links it to multiple health conditions, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. A diet high in added sugar harms the gastrointestinal tract, disrupts the gut microbes, and worsens inflammation.

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