Mediterranean Diet May Help IBD Sufferers

  • There have been many studies on the role that diet plays in the development and treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  Most of the research shows that healthy eating can help lessen symptoms but disease prevention or cure is not so clearly documented.  

    Recently additional research began on the role of the Mediterranean Diet in treating IBD (1).  The Mediterranean Diet consists of  fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, whole grains and healthy fats.  Most of the diet is gleaned from plant based foods.  Red meat is limited to no more than two or three times per month.  There is also an emphasis on replacing unhealthy fats like butter with healthier choices, like olive oil.  Salt is also reduced in this diet.

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    Previous studies have shown that this type of eating plan may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s risk.  Consuming foods that are naturally anti-inflammatory as well as providing micro and macronutrients may be part of the success of this diet.  Preliminary results show that it may also be helpful in IBD patients.

    If you suffer from IBD, this diet is definitely worth looking into.  Be sure to check with your physician before beginning any new diet.

Published On: May 21, 2013