IBD-AID Food List Overview

The food list provided is a simplistic overview of the basic requirements of the diet, offering a bird's eye view of restricted and allowed foods. It is not an all-inclusive list of the allowed and restricted foods, nor does it define all the rules of the diet. This list should NOT be used as a guide to following the diet.

The IBD-AID defines three phases based on the level of symptoms present and it is extremely important to begin the diet at the proper phase. The table represents the foods allowed in the third and final phase of the diet, intended for those in remission. The IBD-AID aims for 80% compliance or above, noting that better results may come with better compliance. Any foods added within the 20% noncompliance buffer are not included in the table.

Fish

Allowed

Seafood other than fish, which is listed separately

Allowed

Poultry

Allowed, no skin

Red Meat (not processed)

Allowed, leaner cuts emphasized

Oats

Allowed (gluten-free oats if celiac), steel cut and oat groats encouraged, longer cooking times and additional water may be required

Rice

Organic rice allowed in limited amounts after 6 months and if health is stabilized

Dried Legumes/Beans

Allowed, may need to vary texture and take digestive enzymes prior to consumption

Fresh Legumes/beans (peas, green beans, etc)

Allowed, may need to vary texture and take digestive enzymes prior to consumption

Nightshades (tomatoes, tomatillos, white potatoes [not sweet potatoes], eggplant, peppers, goji berries, etc)

Allowed

Vegetables other than starchy vegetables and nightshades, which are listed separately

Allowed

Fruits

Allowed

Nuts

Allowed

Seeds

Allowed

Honey

Allowed, local organic encouraged

Eggs

Allowed: encourage omega-3 eggs

Fats/Oils

Allowed: Limit oils high in omega-6 and saturated fats

Cocoa

Allowed

Coffee

Allowed

Wheat/Gluten

Exclude wheat. Gluten in barley is allowed if not celiac. Gluten in rye is unknown.

Grains other than wheat, corn, oats, and rice, which are listed separately

Barley is allowed if not celiac.

Starchy Vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, parsnips, etc)

Most Allowed: Exclude white potatoes

Dairy

Some allowed: Aged cheese, dry curd cottage cheese, cultured cottage cheese, plain kefir, plain yogurt

Alcohol

Some allowed on limited basis: dry wine, vodka, gin, rye, Scotch, bourbon, whiskey per patient tolerance

Emulsifiers

Exclude maltodextrin, carrageenan, polysorbate-80, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC). Some emulsifiers, such as guar gum, may be protective.

Processed Meat

Exclude

Corn

Exclude

Artificial Sweeteners

Exclude

Sweeteners other than honey and artificial sweeteners, which are listed separately

Exclude

Processed Foods/Preservatives/Artificial Additives

Exclude

Formula (PEN; eg, Boost®, Ensure®, Pediasure®, Modulen IBD®)

Exclude: encourage whole food smoothies and supplements

IBD-AID Research

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