Healthy Diet Recommendations for Crohn's and Colitis from Food Matters
During this week’s Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, Tricia Williams, executive chef and founder of Food Matters NYC is sharing how diet can play a key role in treating these Crohn's Disease and Colitis, including food recommendations to help combat the symptoms, as well as foods to avoid to prevent aggravating the condition.
Over 1.4 million Americans suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) today. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s & Colitis. Tricia’s healthy diet recommendations for those suffering from Crohn’s & Colitis include the following types of foods.
Organic Eggs: An easily digestible foods that are a great source of fat and protein.
Porridges like Oatmeal, Millet, and Rice: Great options as they are soluble fibers that pass through the digestive system more slowly. Porridge also makes a great comfort food during a flare-up!
Vegetable Soups fortified with pureed cooked grains: Try butternut soup with steel cut oatmeal pureed in it. The grains allow the soup to move though the digestive tract more slowly.
Low Oil Fish: Fluke and flounder are good sources. Avoid Tilapia, as it is farm raised and can often have high toxic residue.
Foods high in digestive proteins: Papaya is good because it breaks down easily in the body and is loaded with potassium to help hydration during flare-ups.
In addition, foods that help sustain energy those low in sodium, lean proteins, and with a low glycemic index. For example, quinoa which digests slowly and is high in iron. Foods to avoid and stay away from include those that are spicy, fried, and processed, as well as refined grains and sugars, and farm-raised seafood.
Written by Tricia Williams on behalf of Food Matters NYC.