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5 Foods Seniors with Crohn’s Disease Should Stay Away From

By Manpreet Dhalla, 9:00 am on

Living with Crohn’s disease is very limiting in terms of what seniors can and cannot eat. This inflammatory bowel disease irritates the lining of the digestive tract and causes unpleasant side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and malnutrition. For this reason, it’s important for Ft. Lauderdale elder care providers to discourage seniors from eating the following five foods.

1. Red Meat

Loaded with complex fats and proteins, red meat can be very difficult to digest by people who have Crohn’s disease. The slow digestion process of red meat can hinder the absorption of nutrients from other food that is actually beneficial to individuals with this gastrointestinal disease. Therefore, seniors with Crohn’s disease should only eat pork, beef and lamb meat sparingly. 

2. Raw Seafood

People with Crohn’s disease have sensitive gastrointestinal tracts, which is why raw seafood can be a very risky food to consume. Such food significantly increases the risk of poisoning from common bacterial infections such as Salmonella and Listeria. People with Crohn’s disease should avoid eating sushi, oysters, mussels and similar seafood. Steamed crab, lobster dishes and cooked seafood are considered safe for individuals with this problem.

3. Deep Fried Food

The crust that covers most deep fried food can be very sharp. This abrasive texture could cause severe trauma to sensitive intestinal and stomach linings in individuals who live with Crohn’s disease. Chicken wings, funnel cakes and other similar items with thick and crispy crusts or batter should be avoided. 

4. High-Fiber Food

Fiber is considered an important nutrient that usually aids in digestion. However, this essential substance can actually upset the gastrointestinal tract of individuals who are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Fiber absorbs a large volume of water from the digestive system. Excessive absorption can leave the GI tract dry and vulnerable to irritations, bloating and gas production. Some high-fiber foods to avoid include beans, whole-wheat products and legumes.

5. Gluten

Gluten is a protein that can be very harmful to individuals with Celiac disease as well as Crohn’s disease. This nutrient causes severe digestive problems among those who have one or both of these medical conditions. For such individuals, it’s critical to stay away from processed products that contain grain extracts from rye, barley, wheat germ, graham flour, wheat and bulgur.

Monitoring your loved one’s diet can be challenging to do alone. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today and hire a trusted Ft. Lauderdale respite caregiver to help your loved one prepare healthy meals that work with his or her dietary restrictions. In addition to respite care, we provide comprehensive live-in and hourly services to accommodate your loved one’s schedule. Call (954) 909-0370 today to talk to a friendly Care Manager about our flexible in-home services.

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