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    Crohn’s Disease: Staying at a Healthy Weight

    What to Eat During a Crohn's Flare

    As a general rule, the best foods to stick to during flares are bland, low fiber, and low fat. Some foods that may fit the bill are:

    • Bananas
    • White bread and white rice
    • Applesauce
    • Smooth peanut butter
    • Skinned potatoes
    • Steamed or broiled fish, such as salmon and halibut
    • Cheese, if you're not lactose intolerant
    • Refined pasta
    • Cooked vegetables
    • Cooked eggs or egg substitutes

    Foods to Avoid During a Flare

    Some foods can be hard to digest and may make the situation worse. You may want to avoid:

    • High-fiber foods
    • Fried foods
    • Full-fat dairy products, such as whole milk, half and half, and ice cream
    • Raw vegetables and fruits
    • Foods and drinks with caffeine, including chocolate and coffee
    • Beans
    • Cabbage
    • Carbonated beverages
    • Cakes, cookies, and other sweet foods

    Getting Enough Nutrients

    Crohn's makes it harder for your body to absorb vitamins and minerals such as:

    You may get regular blood tests to check that you're getting the nutrients you need. If you're falling short, you and your doctor will come up with a plan. For instance, if you're low on vitamin B12, your doctor may recommend a supplement or B12 shots, depending on your condition.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on September 28, 2015
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