Empowering Patients and Professionals in Evidence-Based Nutritional Therapy

Discover how nutritional therapy as part of treatment can help manage
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Food Matters in Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

For a long time, it was thought that diet does not matter when it comes to managing Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two conditions that are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Growing evidence suggests that food does indeed matter, as diet is both a risk factor,1 and a therapeutic option. Increasing evidence associates Western diet and ultra-processed foods with the development of IBD,2 while growing evidence points to the therapeutic potential of manipulating diet.3  Nutritional therapy focuses on using diet and nutrition alongside medications to manage symptoms, aid healing, and reduce inflammation.


  1. Lo CH, Lochhead P, Khalili H, et al. Dietary Inflammatory Potential and Risk of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Gastroenterology. 2020;159(3):873-883.e1. doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2020.05.011
  2. Narula N, Wong ECL, Dehghan M, et al. Association of ultra-processed food intake with risk of inflammatory bowel disease: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2021;374:n1554. Published 2021 Jul 14. doi:10.1136/bmj.n1554
  3. Sasson AN, Ananthakrishnan AN, Raman M. Diet in Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021;19(3):425-435.e3. doi:10.1016/j.cgh.2019.11.054

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Making a Difference

Since 2019, Nutritional Therapy for IBD has supported patients and clinicians through evidence-based nutritional strategies. We are committed to ensure a future where all patients with IBD receive access, information, and resources to evidence-based nutrition alongside medication.

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An Option for Every PatientTM

Given the full array of options, it can be challenging for clinicians and patients to match the individuality of each patient and their disease presentation with the most appropriate dietary fit. Nutritional Therapy for IBD has developed a new patient-centric approach, including an algorithm to help guide clinicians and patients in selecting a dietary approach.
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