zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

Food to Eat With Ulcerative Colitis

by
author image R. Y. Langham, Ph.D.
R. Y. Langham served as a senior writer for "The Herald" magazine from 1996-99. Langham holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fisk University, a Master of Science in marriage and family therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Ph.D in family psychology from Capella University. Dr. R.Y. Langham published her first psychological thriller in September 2011. It can be purchased on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and Lulu.com.
Food to Eat With Ulcerative Colitis
You should be able to eat bananas if you have ulcerative colitis. Photo Credit Howard Shooter/Dorling Kindersley RF/Getty Images
Medically Reviewed by
George Krucik, MD, MBA

Overview

Ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, occurs when the digestive tract becomes inflamed, according to MedlinePlus. Symptoms generally consist of abdominal pain and diarrhea. This condition usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine and rectum. Ulcerative colitis can be quite debilitating and can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. There is no cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapy, medication, a healthy diet and exercise may help control your symptoms, lengthen the time between flare-ups and encourage remission.

Fresh Fruits

Food to Eat With Ulcerative Colitis
Grapes are easily tolerated. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

A diet consisting of a variety of fresh fruits can be beneficial if you suffer from ulcerative colitis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center website. Fresh fruits that provide limited fiber and lots of vitamins, water and nutrients can help prevent abdominal upset. Fresh fruits that are easily tolerated are avocados, bananas, cooked apples, peaches, seedless grapes and soft melons. If you have this condition, you should avoid dried fruits, berries, figs, plums, rhubarb, coconut and crab apples because they contain large amounts of fiber, which can irritate the intestines and cause diarrhea.

Soft Bland Foods

Food to Eat With Ulcerative Colitis
Soft bland foods are best. Photo Credit Robyn Mackenzie/iStock/Getty Images

Soft bland foods are good for ulcerative colitis, according to the New York Times Health Guide website. These types of foods may help prevent some of the gastrointestinal problems commonly associated with ulcerative colitis. Soft bland foods that are good for this condition are oatmeal, puffed rice, hominy grits, cream of wheat, gelatin, boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, brown rice, noodles and canned or cooked vegetables such as asparagus, carrots, mushrooms and spinach. Avoid spicy foods if you have ulcerative colitis because they can inflame the intestines and cause a stomach upset.

Plain Cultured Yogurt

Food to Eat With Ulcerative Colitis
Plain yogurt contains probiotics. Photo Credit Joshua Rainey/iStock/Getty Images

A food source that is good for ulcerative colitis is plain cultured yogurt. Plain cultured yogurt contains probiotics, which are live bacteria that are found in the human gut, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Probiotics replenish good bacteria and encourage healthy digestion. Dairy products are allowed in moderate amounts as long as they do not cause gas and diarrhea. A small quantity of milk usually does not trigger stomach upset unless you are lactose intolerant. If milk causes gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating, gas or a stomach upset, replace it with lactose-free or soy milk.

Turkey

Food to Eat With Ulcerative Colitis
Turkey contains a good amount of protein. Photo Credit sumnersgraphicsinc/iStock/Getty Images

Turkey is a good food source for ulcerative colitis because it contains proteins. During an ulcerative colitis flare, the intestines become irritated and inflamed. Chronic inflammation can deplete the body and cause a protein deficiency, according to the University of Virginia Health System. Inadequate protein levels can hinder healing and result in muscle loss. Proteins help the body repair muscles, regenerate cells and strengthen the immune system. If you have ulcerative colitis, you should be able to tolerate lean protein sources such as chicken breasts, turkey, lean beef, fish and eggs.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

CURRENTLY TRENDING

Demand Media

Our Privacy Policy has been updated. Please take a moment and read it here.