6 Tips for Limiting Fiber With Crohn's Disease


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Fiber plays an important role in your good health. With Crohn's disease, though, it's easy to have too much of a good thing.

One type of fiber—called soluble fiber because it dissolves in water—can actually help reduce symptoms. But the other type, called insoluble fiber, can worsen intestinal problems when your Crohn's is active.

Good news: A few simple steps in the kitchen can help you eat a diet lower in insoluble fiber. Here's how to cut back, especially during a flare.

1. Skip the seeds.

Seeds can be particularly difficult to digest. Remove seeds from fruits and vegetables before cooking and eating them. And steer clear of seeds as snacks—that includes popcorn.

Many people with Crohn’s disease find it hard to get their veggies. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian has the solution: cucumber gazpacho that’s easy on your gut, chock-full of nutrients, and totally delicious.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 15, 2016

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