So after the weekend’s Broccoli and Plantain post I decided to investigate the ‘food and crohn’s’ situation and update my knowledge in case anything dramatic had changed in the last couple of years.
My first port of call, and the inspiration for today’s post, was What to Eat with IBD: A Comprehensive Nutrition and Recipe Guide for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis by Tracie Dalessandro, who is not only a registered dietician with a masters of Science in nutrition, but also a Ulcerative Colitis and subsequently Crohn’s Disease sufferer. I extracted her list of ‘Fruits that heal’ from chapter 2 below. Then I noticed that good old broccoli was getting rave reviews in the anti-oxidant and beta carotene department in Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish: 150 Easy, Low-Fat, High-Flavor Recipes. I wondered what other fruits and vegetables were also high in these nutrients, which are, according to Dalessandro, in danger of being mal-absorbed in people with Crohn’s / UC, but also badly needed for various body systems and functions to work effectively.
Tonight, I have just researched the following:
- Beta-carotene / Vitamin A – improves resistance to infection, supports growth and repair of tissue; maintain health skin and mucous membranes (Need 5000IU per day)
- Vitamin D – Needed for proper formation of the skeleton and maintaining the mineral balance in bones (Need 60oIU per day)
- Vitamin E – Major anti-oxidant, but it doens’t appear to be compromised in many peopl with IBD
- Vitamin C – Anti-oxidant, wound healing, formation of collagen and appropriate immune responses (Need 60mg per day)
My research has shown that there are some real superfoods on the ‘Foods that heal’ list and most are anti-inflammatory (the figures are for raw fruits only – it started to get complicated looking at all the different preparations):
Apricot Beta-carotene = 4558mcg; A = 1926IU; C = 10mg; E =1mg (IF 3 mildly anti-inflammatory)
Avocado Beta-carotene = 778mcg; C = 10mg; E =3mg; Folate 81mcg (IF=116 moderately anti-inflammatory)
Cantaloupe Melon: Beta-carotene = 11883mcg; A = 33821IU; C = 10mg; E =37mg (IF=76 moderately anti-inflammatory)
Mango: Beta-carotene = 1369mcg; E =1mg (IF= – 15 mildly inflammatory)
Papaya: Beta-carotene = 1415mcg; A = 1094IU; C = 62mg
No fruits on the ‘Fruits that heal list’ list, in their natural state were high in Vitamin D.
Here is the rest of the list of ‘fruits that heal’
- apple, cooked
- apple, peeled
- apple sauce
- apricot High in Bet4558mcg
- cantaloupe melon
- honeydew melon
How do you get on with these foods?