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DIET TIPS to ease the PAIN of CROHN’S

LIVING WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS such as coeliac disease or high cholesterol is, thankfully, getting easier as supermarkets devote whole aisles to gluten-free and low-saturated-fat products. There are dairy-free, egg-free and sugar-free products too… you name it. You’re not, however, likely to find a shelf dedicated to making life easy for those with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s.

At least 115,000 people are living with Crohn’s in the UK, but treating the condition (and eating the right foods to prevent recurring inflammation) isn’t easy. That’s probably why so many callers to the main support and self-help group, Crohn’s & Colitis UK (Colitis is the other IBD), turn to them with questions about what to eat.

What happens when you have Crohn’s?

IT’S AN AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION that can strike unpredictably and, when it does, causes inflammation in the lining of the digestive system. It can damage any stretch of the journey from the mouth to the back passage, although it’s most likely to affect the later sections of the small intestine (the ileum) or the large intestine (colon).

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Our experts explain how you can eat more and still lose weight, investigate the good gut diet that helps beat the bloat, and tell you how to follow a healthy vegan diet – or just steal the bits you like. Plus, our dietitian explores the benefits of protein powders, and we serve up a nutritious spread of tried, tasted and easy recipes for you to cook throughout the month. All this and more in February’s Healthy Food Guide.