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5 Foods to Steer Clear of If You Have Crohn’s Disease

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

Crohn’s disease affects approximately 700,000 adults in the United States. The condition occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the healthy bacteria that normally inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. The invasion leads to inflammation and thickening of the intestinal walls with subsequent abdominal pain and diarrhea. In the majority of cases, the reason for the onset of the disease remains unknown. However, in some cases, there is a hereditary factor.  A number of foods can also trigger these unpleasant symptoms. Here are some foods live-in caregivers in Oklahoma can help their loved ones avoid.

1. Nuts

While they are nutritious, when consumed raw, nuts are hard to digest for people with Crohn’s disease. Despite how well individuals chew the nuts, the rough edges remain, which can irritate gastrointestinal linings.

2. Seeds

Seeds cannot be digested by the stomach and act like abrasive sandpaper on delicate, irritated digestive tract linings. Some seedy foods to avoid include raspberries, strawberries, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, and squashes. Other possible seed hazards to watch out for are baked goods made with whole grains or seeds.

3. Fruit and Vegetables with Skin

The edible peels of fruits and vegetables can also aggravate Crohn’s disease symptoms. Apples, pears, cucumbers and tomatoes are some examples of foods that require peeling before eating. Oklahoma hourly caregivers can stay on the safe side by preparing meals with canned or cooked fruits and vegetables for their senior loved ones.

4. Popcorn

Though it’s a good source of fiber, the hulls in popped corn kernels do not dissolve or digest easily, which makes them likely candidates for Crohn’s disease flare-ups. Many patients also have difficulty when eating corn on the cob.

5. Fatty and Fried Foods

Deep fat frying meats and vegetables is also ill advised. The fat and grease absorbed by the foods often irritates the stomach lining for those with Crohn’s disease. The rough textures of breaded coatings on most fried foods may also cause gastric distress. Similarly, cured luncheon meats and bacon tend to have high fat and grease contents that disrupt the stomach.

To learn more about healthy foods for your loved one’s diet, call Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma at 405-285-4191. We are a leading Oklahoma elder care agency that helps seniors establish daily routines consisting of healthy diet and exercise to boost physical and emotional wellbeing. Schedule a complimentary consultation and let us customize a care plan for your loved one today.