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What foods should you avoid during a Crohn's disease flare-up?

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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

SOURCES:

American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition: "Nutrition and Crohn's Disease."

Eiden, K. , May 2003. Practical Gastroenterology

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

University of North Carolina School of Medicine: "Treatment of Crohn's Disease."

UCSF Medical Center: "Nutrition Tips for Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Treating Children and Adolescents" and "Living with Crohn's Disease."

Cleveland Clinic: "Diarrhea."

American Dietetic Association: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Nutrition Therapy."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 19, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition: "Nutrition and Crohn's Disease."

Eiden, K. , May 2003. Practical Gastroenterology

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

University of North Carolina School of Medicine: "Treatment of Crohn's Disease."

UCSF Medical Center: "Nutrition Tips for Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Treating Children and Adolescents" and "Living with Crohn's Disease."

Cleveland Clinic: "Diarrhea."

American Dietetic Association: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Nutrition Therapy."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 19, 2018

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