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Can I eat high-fiber foods if I have ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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You may not have to say goodbye to foods such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables because you have UC. Besides its nutritional benefits, fiber soaks up extra water in your system and can firm stools.

Even if a high-fiber food seems to worsen your UC symptoms during a flare-up, it may be OK when the flare is over. The only way to know if a particular food is a problem for you is to remove it from your diet and then gradually start to eat it again.

SOURCES:

Fedorak, R.  , November 2010. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium."

Bassaganya-Riera, J.  , Feb. 21, 2012. PLOS One

Science Daily: "New Probiotic Combats Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Science Daily: "Which Treatment is Effective in Maintaining Remission in Ulcerative Colitis: Probiotic or Placebo?"

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Fedorak, R.  , November 2010. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium."

Bassaganya-Riera, J.  , Feb. 21, 2012. PLOS One

Science Daily: "New Probiotic Combats Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Science Daily: "Which Treatment is Effective in Maintaining Remission in Ulcerative Colitis: Probiotic or Placebo?"

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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