Crohn's 101: The so-called "no-no" foods
There are some myths floating around out there about certain foods when it comes to whether or not they can be eaten by people with Crohn's and other stomach issues. I have found that MOST of these foods (if whole foods) in fact CAN be consumed by people with Crohn's- you just need to be actively healing your body when consuming them. Here are some examples:
Tomatoes- because of their acidity people with crohn's are turned off by this powerful food. What you don't realize is that tomatoes can actually FIGHT INFLAMMATION. Juicy red tomatoes, specifically, are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body. Cooked tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones, so tomato sauce works, too. Some people don't do well with these 'nightshade' pants- but I fare just fine!!
Peppers- these are a "night shade" plant, like tomatoes, which often get a bad rep from people with auto-immune diseases. But in reality they also have great healing nutrients. Bell peppers are available in a variety of colors, while hot peppers (like chili and cayenne) are rich in capsaicin, a chemical that’s used in topical creams that reduce pain and inflammation.
Berries- All fruits can help fight inflammation, because they’re low in fat and calories and high in antioxidants. But berries, especially, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties—possibly because of anthocyanins, the powerful chemicals that gives them their rich color.
Studies have shown, for example, that red raspberry extract helped prevent animals from developing arthritis; that blueberries can help protect against intestinal inflammation and ulcerative colitis; and that women who eat more strawberries have lower levels of CRP in their blood. PRETTY COOL! Still, watch out for the seeds during a flare- but blending berries and using a strainer for the seeds is worth a try!
Now- with all of that said some people will still not be able to eat some of those things. For me, milk is one food I have not been able to tolerate except in small quantities. But I do suggest trying to add in more HEALING foods to your diets (such as the ones I listed above) and give them another try!
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