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Crohn’s Disease Diet: Popular Foods to Avoid


Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the small intestine, which WebMD says can make it “hard to digest and absorb key nutrients from food,” often leading to issues such as malnutrition, diarrhea and lack of appetite.

Unfortunately, there is no specific dietary plan that has proven beneficial for everyone with Crohn’s disease, as different parts of the intestine are affected in different people, and also because the disease can change over time. There are, however, several common “trigger foods” that can aggravate the gastrointestinal tract and cause symptoms to occur—including these 12, which may be best avoided.

1. Nuts

When consumed in their raw form, nuts offer a great deal of healthy fats and protein. Unfortunately for those with Crohn’s disease, however, they’re also quite challenging for the body to digest. As such, it’s best to stick to smooth nut butters, or avoid nuts altogether. Kelly Kennedy, a licensed dietician/nutritionist in Massachusetts told Health.com that people with Crohn’s who need to avoid nuts, but still want to indulge in this food can opt for “smooth nut butters such as natural peanut butter.”

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