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Which foods should you avoid if you have Crohn's disease?

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It's possible that at least some of these listed foods will trigger your symptoms:

  • Alcohol (mixed drinks, beer, wine)
  • Butter, mayonnaise, margarine, oils
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Coffee, tea, chocolate
  • Corn 
  • Dairy products (if lactose intolerant)
  • Fatty foods (fried foods)
  • Foods high in fiber
  • Gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, broccoli, onions)
  • Nuts and seeds (peanut butter, other nut butters)
  • Raw fruits
  • Raw vegetables Red meat and pork
  • Spicy foods
  • Whole grains and bran

SOURCES:

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

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Crohn's Disease."

USDA: "Diet and Disease."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digestive Disorders."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 29, 2019

SOURCES:

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

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Crohn's Disease."

USDA: "Diet and Disease."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digestive Disorders."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 29, 2019

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