8 Types of Foods To Avoid with Colitis

Even though it's usually recommended to eat fiber to increase your digestion and get rid of waste, if you have colitis, it's actually better to avoid it, as it can increase swelling and discomfort.
8 Types of Foods To Avoid with Colitis

Last update: 13 January, 2020

Colitis is a digestive disease that is caused by inflammation in the large intestine. This is usually due to food poisoning or a parasitic infection, according to this study carried out by Harvard University.

Many tend to confuse it with common cases of diarrhea, which is one of the main symptoms. However, in this case, it’s more severe, and it’s almost always accompanied with bloating, abdominal pain, and fever.

Also, unlike other digestive problems, it usually appears over and over and for a longer time. Because of this, it’s important to know more about this disease.

In addition, you should really know which foods can make your symptoms worse. In this article, we want to share eight of the main problem foods, so that you can start to reduce the amount you eat from now on. Take a look!

1. Fried and fatty foods


Fried foods and foods with high levels of fatty materials can make symptoms of colitis worse. This is because they make digestion more difficult and increase inflammation. According to this study carried out by the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, eating too much fried and fast food may even be related to insulin resistance.

2. Grains and whole seeds

It has always been recommended that you should eat fiber to improve your digestion. However, colitis patients should avoid foods made from grains and whole seeds. Soluble fiber is the best option for those with colitis, as stated in this investigation carried out by the Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations.

3. Coffee and tea


Patients diagnosed with this disease should avoid drinks with caffeine as much as they can. These include coffee and tea, as stated in this report by the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine. This substance increases the levels of inflammation in the colon and affects the process that is in charge of getting rid of waste.

  • If you keep drinking caffeinated beverages, it can cause worse irritation related to this disease.
  • Also, since it tends to build up in your body, it influences the processes that get rid of toxins.

4. Milk and dairy products

Whole milk and dairy products are the number one enemy for any colitis patient. This isn’t only because of their high-fat content, but also because of their lactose content. This was confirmed in an investigation conducted by the San Carlos Hospital Clinic in Madrid.

  • Not everyone is lactose intolerant. However, it’s best to reduce how much you eat as much as you can. This helps to prevent future colon complications.

See also: Teas that Fight Digestive Problems

5. Sausages and cold cuts


It’s believe that sausages and cold cuts don’t only have high levels of fat, but also contain sodium and artificial additives, which increase intestinal irritation. Eating them on a regular basis could then cause digestive problems, and increase the presence of toxins in the colon.

However, although they’re not recommended for those suffering from colitis, there is no scientific evidence to support these beliefs.

6. Margarine: the arch enemy of colitis patients

Margarine and butter are definitely foods to take off the menu if you’ve been diagnosed with colitis.

  • They contain too much trans-fat (which causes a number of inflammatory processes, according to this study conducted by the Food and Development Research Center in Mexico) and hydrogenated oils, which, when absorbed by your body, can make intestinal inflammation worse.

7. Refined flours


Refined flours are inflammatory food that can make symptoms worse for patients who suffer from intestinal problems. This was stated in a study by the Arthritis Foundation, which has also linked this food with joint inflammation.

This kind of food has been put through several industrial processes. During these processes, it loses a lot of its properties and nutrients. As a result, it’s much harder to digest, and some people can develop allergic reactions to them, according to this statement from the Spanish Association for People with Food and Latex Allergies.

The most troublesome thing is they are present in many foods that you eat on a regular basis. Because of this, it’s difficult to avoid them completely.

8. Carbonated and alcoholic drinks

Carbonated and alcoholic drinks are very irritating for people who suffer from colitis and digestive difficulties, as confirmed in the previously mentioned report from The Spanish Association of Internal Medicine.

  • Their content of refined sugars, as well as carbon dioxide and colorants, increases acidity and inflammation in the intestines.
  • Also, the ingredients in these drinks are responsible for symptoms such as gas.

In conclusion, there are digestive complications that can be caused by colitis. Because of this, it’s best to try to avoid all of these foods as much as possible.

While many people make them part of their daily diet, it’s wise to look for healthy alternatives to make it easier to control your condition.