Crohn's Disease Diet: What NOT to Eat If You Have This Ailment

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  • Eating a diet composed of wholesome organic foods, including fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of protein, healthy fats, and raw dairy, while avoiding processed foods is the first step to preventing inflammation that can lead to Crohn’s disease and other health problems
  • You may be advised by your physician to follow a low-residue diet, which is tailored to put less strain on your digestive tract

Eating a diet composed of wholesome organic foods, including fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of protein, healthy fats and raw dairy, while avoiding processed foods is the first step to preventing inflammation that can lead to Crohn’s disease and other health problems.

However, if you already have this illness, you need to make special modifications to your diet, as certain foods and beverages (some of them considered beneficial for healthy individuals) can exacerbate your symptoms.

Low-Residue Diet for Crohn’s Disease

You may be advised by your physician to follow a low-residue diet,1 which is tailored to put less strain on your digestive tract. Similar to a low-fiber diet, the low-residue diet takes it a notch higher as it excludes foods that can stimulate bowel contractions.

The premise of this diet is to increase the time that foods spend traveling through the GI tract, so their nutrients will be further absorbed, while reducing the incidence of diarrhea. Some foods you need to avoid by following this diet include:2,3,4

Whole coconut, dried fruits and berries, deli meats, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeinated beverages are other problem foods that can worsen Crohn’s disease symptoms, so be careful when eating them.

Keep a Food Diary

To help you keep track of which foods worsen your symptoms, keep a food diary. Jot down what you eat every day, and observe which food/s trigger flare-ups and which ones do not pose any harm. In addition, you should:

If you’re losing weight or your diet has already become very limited, you can consult a dietitian to help you come up with a meal plan that will be safe for your digestion, but will allow you to get enough nutrients and stay healthy.

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[+]Sources and References [-]Sources and References

  • 1 Health Line, The Low-Residue Diet for Crohn’s Disease, March 2, 2012
  • 2 Health.com, 10 Foods to Avoid if You Have Crohn's Disease
  • 3 Health Line, Crohn's Disease Prevention, September 18, 2014
  • 4 Mayo Clinic, Crohn's Disease, August 13, 2014