Top Five Foods to Avoid if you Have IBD

Top Five Foods to Avoid if You Have IBDThe relationship between the IBD patient and food can be a complicated one.  Different foods will need to be eaten at different times, depending on whether you are in remission or experiencing a flare up. However, there are some foods that you should try to avoid if you have been diagnosed with IBD, regardless of whether it is ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.  For more specific information that is personalized to your case, you should seek advice from one of the dieticians in Los Angeles who specializes in IBD diets.

  1. Nuts should definitely be avoided by IBD patients, especially if your type of IBD is Crohn’s disease.  They are difficult to digest, so you won’t be able to get the benefit of the nutrients that they contain.  The rough surfaces can also irritate the lining of the intestines and make your symptoms worse.

  1. Fried food.  While everyone should aim to keep the amount of fried food in the diet to a minimum, because it is extremely unhealthy and can lead to a variety of health problems, which is even more important for IBD patients.  The greasiness of the food means that it can irritate the digestive system, worsening your symptoms.  You will feel much better if you cut deep fried foods out of your diet completely.

  1. Fruit with skin.  Fruit is generally considered to be extremely healthy, and you will probably have seen plenty of articles advising people to eat the skin as well as the flesh, because of the high levels of vitamins and other antioxidants found here.  However, if you have IBD, you should peel fresh fruits before you eat them.  Not peeling your fruit is likely to lead to increased symptoms such as diarrhea, and you may find that this is the case even if you do peel all fruit and vegetables.  Canned or cooked fruits and vegetables will usually be a better option for IBD patients.

  1. Seeds.  Like nuts, these are generally considered to be a healthy option for most people, as they add fiber to the diet.  However, because they can’t be digested, they will lead to an increase in diarrhea and will also irritate the lining of the digestive tract.  Foods to avoid also include tomatoes, strawberries and other fruit with edible seeds, along with bread containing seeds (rye bread being one example).

  1. Caffeine.  Caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee are well known to aggravate the symptoms of IBD, so many people find that they need to give these up once they have had a diagnosis of either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis confirmed.  Chocolate, which also contains caffeine, may also cause problems, as can caffeinated drinks such as cola and energy drinks.  You may also need to be careful when you are purchasing over the counter painkillers or cold remedies, as some of these now contain a dose of caffeine to boost energy levels. If you have been diagnosed with IBD, make sure you use medications that do not contain caffeine.