5 Popular Fall Foods to Avoid If You Have IBD
If you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, you know diet is important to managing symptoms. There isn’t one specific diet for everyone with IBD, but these fall foods are common triggers.
As the days become colder, you may start craving comforting fall foods: pumpkin pie, mac ‘n’ cheese. But if you suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC), you need to avoid foods that can make symptoms worse.
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Here, find advice about five fall foods to watch out for, according to dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD
Crohn’s and UC, two types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cause chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract where your body digests and absorbs nutrients. This inflammation sometimes leads to abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and fatigue. It also sometimes causes nutrient deficiencies due to poor absorption, such as anemia.
Diet alone cannot prevent IBD, but it can play a major role in controlling your symptoms, Ms. Taylor says.
You may still enjoy a normal, healthy diet during periods of remission, between flare-ups, when you have few or no symptoms.
“However, during times of inflammation, most people with IBD benefit from adjusting their diet,” says Ms. Taylor. “And, some people with IBD always need to follow a modified diet due to chronic inflammation and intestinal strictures.”
While there is not one specific diet that is right for everyone with IBD, you should adjust your individual diet by considering what symptoms you have and how severe they are.
Ms. Taylor recommends staying away from these common fall foods during flare-ups:
Ms. Taylor says to keep in mind that every person is different, and what works for one person with IBD may not work for another. She recommends keeping a food journal to help you understand your own symptoms.
“The only way to identify which foods worsen or trigger your GI symptoms is to put in the time and effort of tracking,” she says.