Crohn’s disease is a disease of the digestive tract that can cause a person to develop ulcers. It can be a very painful and uncomfortable disease and can lead to weight loss, malnutrition, and infection if not treated.

People with Crohn’s disease often have difficulty absorbing nutrients from food, and therefore, they need to rely on a diet that is high in protein and calories. This is important to assure that the individual with Crohn’s disease does not suffer nutritional deficiencies that can lead to additional health problems. Some people who suffer from this disease have a difficult time eating, or find that eating is painful, but it is still important for them to consume enough protein and calories. It is usually a good idea for Croshn’s disease sufferers to eat regular meals and snacks, as well, to ensure they are getting enough calories.

Many physicians who treat Crohn’s disease believe that there is no single diet that is best for everyone with this disorder, but they do agree that if anything, a Crohn’s disease diet should be highly nutritious, and should be devoid of those foods that may trigger an attack. The dietary triggers for an attack of Crohn’s disease vary by individual, however, and patients need to figure out which foods make them feel worse, and avoid them.

There may be some basic foods that need to be avoided, however, and these include alcohol, legumes, caffeine, raw foods, nuts and seeds, red meat, high-fiber foods, and fried foods. Sometimes patients can eat these foods if they are prepared differently, if they are pureed or cooked very well, for instance. Following this type of Crohn’s disease diet can be very helpful and in general helps the patient manage the disorder and reduce the frequency and severity of their symptoms. This is important since people with this illness will have it for life, and anything that helps them feel more in control of their symptoms will help them fend off any depression they may have, and in general enhance their quality of life.