Researchers have seen an uptick in cases of IBD across multiple countries, so they’ve been looking at diet’s impact on the disease.
We’re looking for Crohn’s patients to participate in a study featuring two types of diets that are thought to have a positive impact on digestion in general while also providing some relief from Crohn’s. (Email [email protected] for more info or read on to learn more.)
For the purposes of this study, we’re focusing on two types of diets.
Diet One: Specific Carbohydrate Diet
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) eliminates complex carbohydrates whose chemical makeup can increase certain bacterial growth in the small intestine.
“The SCD restricts any food with two or more linked sugar molecules, such as dairy products, starchy vegetables, table sugar, grains and most legumes,” says Healthline. “These foods are referred to as “illegal” and are strictly prohibited.”
What can you eat? A lot!
Most fruits and veggies, most fresh meat, some legumes, nuts, herbs and spices! Even a few (very specific) dairy products are allowed, giving you some flexibility and creative options for cooking.
Have a look at this quick video for more info:
Diet Two: The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet (Med Diet) gained traction here in the U.S. a few years back after scientists discovered how much healthier folks were around the Mediterranean — thanks largely to their diet.
While the dietary diversity around the ocean is great, there are a few guiding principles that seem to stand true no matter where you go. Aside from the obvious – fruits, veggies, whole grains – the Med Diet calls for herbs, spices, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, hearty breads, legumes and nuts.
“Though there is not one defined Mediterranean diet, this way of eating is generally rich in healthy plant foods and relatively lower in animal foods, with a focus on fish and seafood,” says Healthline.
Doctor Oz explains it further:
Are you interested in trying one of these diets?
We’d love to have you join our study to further understand Crohn’s disease.
Email us at [email protected] for more info.