Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Crohn's Disease Diet

Important dietary measures for Crohn's include:

  • Eat quality fats: use virgin olive oil and other unsaturated, low-cholesterol fats
  • Increase omega-3 fatty acids in the diet.
  • Eat the right amount of fats, carbohydrates and protein: limit your fat intake to 20 or 30 percent, but don't substitute simple carbohydrates for fat
  • Avoid fad diets: eat a well-rounded diet instead
  • Limit iron intake: too much iron can increase atherosclerosis
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Eat potassium rich foods such as potatoes, avocados, and bananas.
  • Eat more complex carbohydrates, such as starch and fiber. Whole grains and brown rice are good fiber sources. Other sources include:
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Bran
    • Barley
    • Oats
    • Legumes
  • Check with your doctor about supplementing your diet with B vitamins. Some people may benefit from these supplements.
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Maintain a normal body weight

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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