some of our best info about food and IBD
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.
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.
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.
The notion that food has no effect on IBD is bonkers, yet it’s one of the most common pieces of advice given to patients. Let’s set the record straight. What you eat directly and indirectly affects your immune system, inflammation and, ultimately, the course of your IBD. This may be contrary to what you’ve read or heard….
Fruit and vegetable smoothies are easy ways for people with IBD to eat more fruits and vegetables, and people who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer, healthier lives. Fruits and vegetables are jam-packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other...
By Colleen D. Webb, MS, RDN, CLT Living with IBD means dealing with a lot of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. Fortunately, many of these symptoms can be managed with simple dietary changes. Common IBD Symptoms Diarrhea, sometimes bloody Constipation Abdominal pain /...