Dr. Swanson explains if there are foods patients with Crohn's disease should avoid.
There is no specific foods that all Crohn’s disease patients should stay away from. Many and most inactive Crohn’s disease patients can eat whatever they want. The one caveat to that is rates of lactose intolerance in the general population are quite high, and Crohn’s patients in particular may find that when they’re having a flare or a symptomatic period in their disease that milk and lactose-based products may be particularly difficult to digest and may give them additional problems.
About Dr. Swanson, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Garth Swanson, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Swanson has a master's degree in clinical research and his research interests include how environmental factors, such as alcohol and sleep, can affect gut inflammation and colonic bacteria.
Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.