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What food choices can help my ulcerative colitis?

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Try to switch from full-fat to low-fat dairy. Or tweak your cooking method: bake or broil meats instead of frying. Bake or stew vegetables rather than eating them raw or lightly cooked.

Also go with:

  • Products made from white or refined flour
  • White rice
  • Well-cooked vegetables without seeds
  • Ripe bananas, peeled apples, and melons
  • Soft, canned fruits without added sugar
  • Tender, well-cooked meats and poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk
  • Evaporated, powered, Low-fat, or skim milk
  • Plant-based alternatives, such as soy, almond, or coconut “milks”
  • Low-fat or nondairy cheese and ice cream
  • Sherbet
  • Smooth yogurt with live, active cultures and without nuts or berries
  • Water
  • Decaf coffee, tea, and sugar-free soft drinks
  • Rehydration beverages, like sports drinks

SOURCES:

Bret A. Lashner, MD, director, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

MedlinePlus: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Mouth Sores."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA): "Diet and Nutrition," "About Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis."

St. John Health System: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Nutrition Therapy."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Bret A. Lashner, MD, director, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

MedlinePlus: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Mouth Sores."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA): "Diet and Nutrition," "About Ulcerative Colitis & Proctitis."

St. John Health System: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Nutrition Therapy."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

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