In the realm of Crohn’s nutrition, there are these specific examples that pretty much define the goals of the Crohn’s diet, which are pain reduction and toilet use. Therefore, one can eat as much as they want of these foods, called super foods, thanks to their high density of nutrients that emit energy to the host, improves both digestive and general health to decrease Crohn’s symptoms and, in general, it makes one feel “good,” physically, which, in turn, will boost emotional health, creating an overall healthier and happier person.
Also, the low residue, or low texture density, which basically means softer foods like vegetables or steamed liquids rather than fibrous raw vegetables or nuts, of these super foods leads to slower digestion which is generally healthy but also will discourage flare-ups and / or not worsen current flare-ups and decrease toilet use, a critical issue when it comes to normal, social life.
The prime example of Crohn’s disease dietary superfoods is protein tuna. Tuna comes whole or canned, although traditionally whole is best as there may be processed oils or flavors in canned tuna, which is generally bad. The processed contents contain simple sugars. These sugars feed the bad bacteria in the gut to the point of causing excessive pain and toilet use.
From a different perspective than Crohn’s nutrition, tuna is rich in vitamin D and high in protein, which provides energy and builds muscle. In reality, people with Crohn’s disease are always looking for protein, as most protein is not too lean, acidic, or may contain processed content, not to mention possible fiber. Other benefits include omega three fatty acids, which is a health benefit for multiple reasons, including heart health and arthritis.
Protein is the best in the Crohn’s diet because it comes with all the benefits of carbohydrates, only in a healthier way. The reason carbohydrates are so craved, plus the fact that the overwhelming number of bad bacteria in the gut can crave them, causing their host in turn to crave such simple sugar-rich carbohydrates, is that they emit energy. Although carbohydrates release energy quickly, protein provides it slowly. However, when eaten correctly, protein can provide more energy, although it may come a little later and will last longer.
Be aware that there is mercury in tuna, so eat in moderation and never raw, as in sushi.