8 Foods You Need in Your Ulcerative Colitis Diet

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Lean Meat & Eggs

Lean Meat

Protein can be especially important for fighting inflammation caused by ulcerative colitis. However, choosing meats with a high fat content can be rough on your digestive tract. When fat isn’t being absorbed properly, as with ulcerative colitis, it tends to lead to unusual and potentially dangerous bowel movements. 

Instead, choose lean meats, like turkey, chicken, and even high-quality, low-fat cuts of beef. These options can provide you with the protein your body, and your bowels, need, without the unnecessary, fatty side effects. 

 

Eggs

Eggs are another protein option that often looks promising in ulcerative colitis diet studies. What’s more, not only are eggs a great source of protein, they’re also a good choice for B vitamins, selenium, and folic acid. When you’re struggling to keep a balanced diet, choosing fortified eggs can provide a healthy option for omega-3 fatty acids. 

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