Diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis) and wondering, So what exactly can I eat? While you may need to eliminate some go-to eats, there’s still plenty to sample. Read on for ideas. Not all these foods may trigger symptoms—to determine which might, keep a food diary.
Instead of… Milk, other dairy
IBD can bring on lactose intolerance because it decreases the production of lactase, an enzyme that helps you digest dairy, in the small intestine.
Try… Almond milk, soy milk
Available in the dairy section, these are made from soybeans or ground-up almonds and can be fortified to contain as much calcium as regular milk.
Instead of… Red meat and pork
These high-fat meats are more difficult to digest.
Try… Lean meats and fish (chicken, turkey, salmon, tilapia, flounder)
They’re rich in protein and omega-3s, and easily digestible. Skip the deep fryer—steam, broil or grill.
Instead of… Fruits with seeds (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)