Getting the Right Fats With Crohn's Disease


Geoffrey Zakarian

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A healthy, balanced diet includes protein, carbohydrates and fats. But when you have Crohn's disease, your body sometimes has trouble absorbing fat.

That's all the more reason to prioritize your fats. You see, some fats are better for your health than others. Fats are necessary in your diet to help your body absorb certain nutrients, but some of them increase your risk of heart disease. When you step into the kitchen, it's a good idea to reach for the "good" fats first—and leave some of the others in the pantry (or better yet, on the supermarket shelf). Let's meet them all.

Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are better known as "good fats." You'll find them in fish like trout and salmon; in soybean, canola, olive, safflower and corn oils; and in nuts like walnuts, almonds and peanuts. Not only do these fats help your body absorb vital nutrients, they're also amazingly delicious.

Low fat doesn’t have to mean low flavor! Chef Geoffrey Zakarian shows us how to put together a turkey burger that’s Crohn’s-friendly and still full of flavor.

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

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