Diet for a Crohn’s disease flare-up: 12 foods to eat

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Diet for a Crohn’s disease flare-up: 12 foods to eat

In a person with Crohn’s disease, a flare-up can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and a loss of appetite. Eating the right foods during a flare-up can help ease symptoms and speed recovery.

Crohn’s disease (CD) is a lifelong condition that causes inflammation and irritation along parts of the digestive tract. Like ulcerative colitis (UC), CD is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

A CD flare-up can trigger or worsen symptoms, such as:

  • diarrhea
  • bloating
  • abdominal cramping and pain
  • nausea
  • loss of appetite

Ongoing loss of appetite and diarrhea can lead to dehydration and malnutrition.

During a flare-up, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation recommend avoiding potential triggers. A person should eat foods that are soft and bland, but sufficiently nutritious.

In this article, we describe 12 of the best foods to eat during a CD flare-up. We also look at which foods to avoid.

1. Refined grains

Refined grains have less fermentable fiber than whole grains, so they pass more quickly through the digestive tract. They tend to be easier on the gut and less likely to cause inflammation.

Examples of refined grains include:

  • white breads
  • white rice
  • pasta
  • plain crackers
  • pancakes
  • waffles
  • rice snacks

Ready-to-eat cereals that are low in fiber are also a good option.

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