Ulcerative Colitis + Nuts + Effect on Colon

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   Posted 1/4/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,

I want to know if the following foods can trigger or irritate the colon

1. Ground Nuts
2. Cashew Nuts
3. Almonds
4. Date fruit

Is is safe the above foods?

I'm planning to take these items to gain weight.......

Please please advise and let me know if you guys have problems with them.......

Thanks in advance........

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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
In my case i always remember my symptoms were under control, i ate a big bag of mixed nuts to wich the next day i sufferd badly and i was back to the start, the reason for the nuts was to get the benifit from the zinc content as there is a high content is certain ones, but it was done with regret, mabe i was to extreme i'm not sure but it did me no good.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Nut butters (smooth) would be gentler on the colon than the actual nuts. I can handle nuts in small quantities, but if I eat too many it seems to upset my colon.
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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I avoid nuts altogether when flaring, eat them in small amounts when in remission. Nut butters indeed would be a safer alternative if you're going to eat large quantities.
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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Everyone is different, and we should keep diaries to see which foods we can and can not tolerate. Despite the fact there is no scientific proof, many people with ulcerative colitis have found that one or more of the following foods can trigger their GI symptoms:

* alcohol
* caffeine
* carbonated beverages
* dairy products, if lactose intolerant
* dried beans, peas, and legumes
* dried fruits, berries, fruits with pulp or seeds
* foods containing sulfur or sulfate
* foods high in fiber, including whole-grain products
* hot sauce, pepper
* meats
* nuts, crunchy nut butters
* popcorn
* products containing sorbitol (sugar-free gum and candies)
* raw vegetables
* refined sugar
* seeds
* spicy foods, sauces

Personal experience. No almonds for me! No pistachios either! I'm using Agave Nectar instead of refined sugar also.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
none will cause you a flare, but remember they are high in fat (which you'll need to gain weight) and in fibre. If you're not eating other foods to help create bulk, you will definitely get a looser/softer stool if you have too many at one sitting too often during the day.

I would suggest the butter versions of nuts in conjunction with a handful here and there.

I would also suggest eating raw over roasted.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I can eat a few nuts, but if I eat too many I pay, they can irritate bad. I would try something else to gain weight.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,

Thanq for all your replies.

How about raw format of these Nuts..
I'm planning to keep the raw Nuts (Not roasted or Fried in oil) form in water all night.
Just eat in the morning with a Banana?
Is it safe and goooood?

Please advise

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   Posted 1/4/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
You have to realize its hard to say if something is safe for you or not. I have never noticed a problem with nuts. Some people do. I grind up my nuts... good lord.... in a grinder and mix it with banana and soy milk for smoothies. Do this with the sunflower seeds too. If you really want the benefits of the nuts you can do this and be safe with it. Almonds are great like this. You can make your own almond milk, and save the leftover almond flour to add in baking stuff or for a smoothie. Take the nuts that you blanched 1lb, add couple cups water and honey and mix that in blender. Strain off the milk from the nuts and save the flour.
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   Posted 1/4/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
     All the foods listed by DesertDance aggravate me when I am flaring.  I stick to a low residue diet during those times.  Now I eat just about anything, but I take it easy on the nuts, and stay away from anything with seeds because I also have diverticulosis.
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Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
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   Posted 1/4/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I survive on fresh fruit and veggies, yogurt,  along with nuts for protein when I am flaring.  In fact, Ceasar Salad makes my symptoms better.  I do avoid potatoes and milk/ice cream when I am flaring.  I DO NOT touch sweets and deep fried foods, they are much too heavy on my stomach.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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   Posted 1/4/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Dang this is such an individual Disease. I can eat nuts and seed swith no problem... now admittedly I haven't tried eating LOTS of nuts... But did have quite a few peanut clusters over the holiday and never had that kind of irritation... but I also never binged.... just a few here and there maybe 5-8 clusters a day for a couple days. Choc covered peanuts are my sweetness weekness. that and cheescake. dang the sweets... LOL
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diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08

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   Posted 1/4/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello love4cats,

How do you take Garlic , i mean what form.. raw or cooked?
What probiotic brand r u taking ..right now........
Even i want to try natural ways of curing this disease instead of relying more on traditional medicines.........

Your response is highly appreciated............

Please respond.......

Thanks in advance

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   Posted 1/4/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
WALNUTS never bother me at all. In fact, I feel better in a flare when I eat them. Cashews and Chestnuts never bother me at all.

Almonds bother me if I eat more than a few. Same with peanuts. Sunflower seeds are the same...ok in small amounts.
We are all individuals.
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   Posted 3/17/2011 1:13 AM (GMT -7)   
anyone eat crunchie nut cornflakes? lol
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   Posted 3/17/2011 2:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Never had a problem, but I always buy raw and soak them to get rid of the enzyme inhibitors. Only Brazil nuts should not be soaked.

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   Posted 3/17/2011 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
they irritate my gut even soaked and baked after if i have them in larger quantities. since i never know how to stop at "small" qtties...i try avoiding them. it's hard.
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   Posted 3/17/2011 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Nuts are my snack food since dairy and carbohydrates are hurtful to my gut. I don't recommend having nuts if you are in a big flare or have bleeding. I started with small quantities at first. They have lots of fiber which can also irritate a wounded colon and cause C.

I definitely know that soaking them overnight then drying/baking them in a low oven makes them more digestible for me (they have a natural enzyme to inhibit sprouting that releases with soaking). And I use almond and pecan flour to make baked goods like biscotti and almond cookies and carrot cake. Pecans don't need overnight soak, a couple of hours will do for them.

Also use skinless (blanched) almonds if fiber is a concern and use that type of almond flour as well.

Everyone's gut is different so what works for me may not work for others.
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Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices,)
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   Posted 3/17/2011 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I ate a lot of those nuts yesterday, but avoid dates.

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   Posted 3/17/2011 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
for me the dates would put me in an immediate flare. I'd have a pretty bad evening , day or more. I learned this the hard way by devouring a container full of dried apricot, tasted so good going in....

The nuts would be fine for me as long as I chewed them sufficiently..now-a-days I throw sun flower seeds in the magic bullet blender and add to my protein shake, no risk of something hard against the colon as it's ground up
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   Posted 3/17/2011 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
A lot of dried fruits contain sulfites in the preservative process (they are usually listed under ingredients). I wonder if that could be part of the problem with apricots, dates, etc. I don't usually have a problem with nuts, in fact I have found they can sometimes help.
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   Posted 7/8/2013 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
i tried sun chlorella it helped alot but until i tried the Sun Eleuthero extract seemed like a syrup type liquid it hurt going down then i started flaring up the worst time in my life seemed like the first time i was flaring the worst days in my life the sun chlorella pills were more helpful i felt good being on the chlorella pills felt like i was healing but laying off them both until i heal from the flare up then i'll go back to taking the sun chlorella pills to see how it goes never gonna try the sun eleuthero extract again.

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   Posted 7/8/2013 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat nuts and seeds almost every day, especially almonds and sesame seeds - don't have a problem with them!
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