Eating For Crohns

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The following foods may be beneficial for Crohn’s patients to avoid:

Fried foods: Overall, these foods may not be good for your health, and they also can cause diarrhea and gas.
Butter, margarine, and oils: These foods may cause diarrhea and gas, especially in patients who have had bowel removal surgery.
Dairy products: Especially in patients with lactose intolerance.
Raw fruits and vegetables: While fruits and vegetables are essential to a nutritious diet, in raw form these foods can cause gas.
High fiber foods: Also a gas producer, Crohn’s patients should avoid these foods as much as possible to maintain ease on the digestive tract.
Alcohol: Not only will alcohol potentially have a negative interaction with any Crohn’s medications you’re currently taking, it may dehydrate you, making it difficult for you to drink enough water to maintain a balance. It’s wise for Crohn’s patients to refrain from drinking alcohol as much as they can.
Caffeine: Caffeine stimulates the small intestines, which makes diarrhea worse. Stay away from coffee, but also avoid sodas, which contain both caffeine and carbonation—which may cause bloating.

Quick White Bean and Spinach Soup;

1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
4 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon minced roasted garlic
1/2 cup low-sodium V8 juice
salt, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
red pepper flakes, to taste

Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium pan.
Add the spinach and allow to boil for a bit and wilt down the leaves, stirring often.
Reduce heat and add the rinsed and drained beans, roasted garlic, and V-8 juice.
Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes.

Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, to taste.

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