Well I'm glad Q that you agree there are "offending foods" that can contribute to ones flare for many people...I've never noticed foods making a difference to me one way or the other but that doesn't necessarily mean that food cannot trigger flares for many others.
And for many, it does seem that salads and dairy, fruits and veggies in general cause alot of grief for IBDers that do notice they have isssues with worsening a flare or even bringing one on.
Well, you know how I hate for you to be disappointed in me, but I didn't say I agreed to foods causing, triggering or contributing to a flare. That's not what I read into princesa's posting. If you're in a flare, the friable mucosal layer will be shed/shredded/opened..whatever term..even without food. The very fact of bms going over the tissue, especially if they're formed will cause the tissue to bleed.
I can play word games again, for poo itself is a product of food...I know you and I are completely on opposite pages regarding this issue. Flaring is flaring to me...varying degrees of inflammation (that many patients don't even recognise because it's not extreme enough). I don't believe in one day flares or being in remission and then one day not. Food won't make or break a remission.
Inflamed to the point of being friable or bleeding means it's delicate and fragile and it's in a more advanced form of inflammation. The food focus/symptoms affect comfort on a physical level and reassurance on an emotional level.
If one has hemorrhoids...that's easily checked by a look-see by a doctor rather than having to guess and blaming it on food.
Know what one is dealing with, 5ASA meds take time to do their thing...but UC flares don't heal overnight. Inflammation is inflammation....and if foods cause more action in the colon, it makes sense that the inflamed colon will react. Remember, it overreacts anyway.