Squash & Nut Butter
Vegetables in general, and squash in particular, are a wonderful option for ulcerative colitis patients. Although, it is important to note that the fiber in squash can cause excess gas, which may lead to more digestive complications in some patients. Otherwise, it’s a great source of vitamin C and beta carotene, which can undo some of the inflammatory damage done by ulcerative colitis. If you have trouble digesting grains, you can even turn squash into a vegetable pasta.
Other vegetables that may be well-tolerated with ulcerative colitis include well cooked cauliflower, carrots, string beans, pumpkin, eggplant, or sweet potatoes.
Nuts and seeds seem to be a controversial choice when it comes to an ulcerative colitis diet. Some experts suggest staying far from away from them, arguing that they don’t digest easily—due to their high fiber content and coarse texture. However, they’re a great source of protein, healthy fats, and a variety of other nutrients. So, choose nut butters to reduce your risk of digestive troubles. Peanut butter is the obvious choice, but almond, cashew, and hazelnut butters are becoming more popular as well. Always check labels before making a choice—some varieties add lots of extra sugar, which can be difficult to digest for ulcerative colitis patients.
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