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Which foods can trigger ulcerative colitis?

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Watch out for items that can be troublemakers if you have ulcerative colitis, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Dairy products, if you're lactose intolerant
  • Dried beans, peas, and legumes
  • Dried fruits
  • Foods that have sulfur or sulfate
  • Foods high in fiber
  • Meat
  • Nuts and crunchy nut butters
  • Popcorn
  • Products that have sorbitol (sugar-free gum and candies)
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Refined sugar
  • Seeds
  • Spicy foods

From: Make an Ulcerative Colitis Diet Plan WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

American College of Gastroenterology: "Patient Information: Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): "Ulcerative Colitis."

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

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

American College of Gastroenterology: "Patient Information: Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): "Ulcerative Colitis."

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

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