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Recipes That Go Easy on Your IBD

Cooking for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Is Easier with These Recipes


Updated July 10, 2014


Beans might not be a food that's on your "to-do" list when you're having an IBD flare-up.

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Eating right when you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be a real challenge. For some people with IBD, it's obvious if a food is contributing to the discomfort of the disease, but for others it's more difficult to tell. To complicate matters more, a food that's just fine today may cause problems tomorrow.

There is no diet that is recommended for IBD. It's up to you to determine what works best. There are a few guidelines that may help:

  • High fiber foods may be difficult to digest.
  • Fried foods or foods high in fat may contribute to diarrhea.
  • Dairy products may cause gas and bloating if lactose intolerance is a problem.
  • Raw fruits and vegetables -- while a part of a healthful diet -- may cause discomfort during a flare-up.
  • Carbonated beverages may contribute to gas and bloating.


There are many recipes developed for people with IBD that may be helpful. Be sure to read the ingredient list carefully -- we're all different, and what works for some may not work for all.



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