Crohn’s Disease Diet
There is no specific diet course for inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease.It is actually a pure experimentation, the patient has to test and try him/herself with various diets.
He/ She can take some quantities of food and test the reactions of the bowl and then decide what is manageable. One more thing is to keep count of calories and talk to your doctor often.
Crohn’s disease is the result of the immune system attacking its own GI tract. It mistakes the good bacteria with the bad one and starts destroying the same. He/ She must be cautious to keep the inflammatory flare-up levels down.
The victim should look for a more balanced diet, that is protein rich but also easily digestible.
During Crohn’s disease, it is good to have low-fibre diets that avoid fruits and vegetables, nuts, raisins, seeds and whole grains. Low fiber foods are easy to digest and tend to stimulate less secretion of intestinal fluids that causes less contraction in the bowel. This can help prevent diarrhoea and abdominal cramping.
- Grains : Grains have high fiber contents, especially whole grains. High fiber factor can increase abdominal pain and cause diarrhoea. Opt for low fiber foods like white bread, crackers, pasta, and rice.
- Fruits and Veggies : Another source of high fiber is Fruits and vegetables. It is not necessary to eliminate every fruit and vegetable from the diet list, but process the food further by steaming it or making it different like sauce, steamed vegetable etc.. Processing food makes the food easily digestible.
- Protein and Meat : Avoid higher fat food, try out eggs, fish, peanut butter (creamy versions only), white meat poultry etc.. Such foods that lower fat but protein rich, it helps to stabilize the protein in the body during Crohn’s disease.
- Dairy Products : Crohn’s patients cannot tolerate dairy very well. In general fat contents in dairy products creates the risk of gas and diarrhoea. Also, dairy products aggravate the swollen bowels, hence it is highly recommended to take low-fat dairy products like substitutes from plants like yogurt, and cheese made from soy, coconut, almond etc..
- Water : Crohn’s patients should drink abundant water.