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   Posted 4/2/2010 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry if this has been posted already. 
I myself do not have a problem with apple juice.  In fact it is one of the only juices that I can drink.  Just wondering why is the negative places on apple juice with people who have UC?  Does it bother anyone else?

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   Posted 4/2/2010 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Could it be the sugar content and diarrhea?? Just saying... Not that a small amount is bad. It does have a good amount of Vitamin C.

Another one of those, what one can tolerate another cannot things y'know. Juice, be it Grape, APPLE, or Orange can affect each one of us differently. But diarrhea is common w/ juice. the sugar is another problem. and the list could go on as such everybody is different..

i don't personally consume a lot of juice but i don't have a instant violent reaction if i do drink orange or apple juice. i will just limit myself to 8oz at best, a serving size. its the sugar i am not partial too. in general i've become a tad bit more obsessive or careful with how much sugar i consume due to the ibd.
i think i rather just eat an orange or a peeled apple w/ some fresh peanut butter..healthier imo

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   Posted 4/2/2010 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
The more and more I look into dietary guidelines with UC the more and more I believe it has nothing to do with the disease. If there's one thing that I can say for certain, it's that everyone is different. If it doesn't hurt you, drink it. ;]
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   Posted 4/2/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Drink it if you have no problems. Apple juice has given me a stomach ache since I was a kid.

I don't drink any juice based on the fact that it bothers my other reason.

Throw the perceived rules out the window.....create your own based on your symptoms.


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   Posted 4/2/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
If you enjoy the flavour of apple juice but don't want to drink too much you could always buy the no addatives 'fresh squeezed' stuff and freeze it into ice lollies. We do that and have them after meals - it seems like a treat and you don't have to drink the whole bottle in a day or two after opening it.

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   Posted 4/2/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I think there are many foods you can just get used to and they won't bother you as much.

I'm bothered by foods I don't have very often, even if I like them. Juices are an example. My friend gets a stomach ache from red meat, which she likes but doesn't eat very often. Some people can eat beans with no problems, because they eat them a lot! Just my observation.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985. 
Asacol for 20+ years with Prednisone & Rowasa for flares (But nothing since Remicade). 
Food sensitivity test by Naturopath showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances, helped some. 
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   Posted 4/2/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
The first appointment I ever had with my GI (he's a pediatric GI) he told me that the reason why he sees so many kids in the office is because their parents give them too much juice and it makes them sick.
I like the flavor of apple juice but its too freaking sweet. I find that I always add some water to it. I handle apple juice better than orange juice for sure.
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Diagnosed in March 2005. Flared for almost two years. Got into remission in Jan 2006 through a bowel rest. Got bad case of mono in Feb 2006 from being on 6-mp but went back into remission in Mar 2006. It's been FOUR blissful years!!
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   Posted 4/2/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I cannot drink/eat any fruit/juices now. Before UC I ate them all and loved them. They cause D in me now.
I don't know why but have read about fructose intolerance. Then again I have a lot of food intolerances now.
Before UC I ate everything and loved it all.
Ulcerative colitis 10 years
Jan 2010 started SCD diet but modified by me (tried 5 years earlier no improvement)
Jan 2010 first time in 10 years bleeding stopped, better behaved colon
Started reducing meds 6 weeks after colon improved with diet-all OK
Diet: Protein(meat/fish/eggs,no soy),nuts(soaked),non-starch veg(no potatoes),no grains or bread
eliminated carbohydrates, no dairy except small amt. hard cheese, no fruit/juice (blueberries OK)
Daily: fish oil, Vit D3 1000 2Xday with oil/fat, greens juice, sunflower seeds, probiotic acidophilus pill
Highly recommend: the book "Life without Bread" and the SCD Diet

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   Posted 4/2/2010 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I rarely drink processed juice (ready made to buy) ... I have a juicer at home and will make fresh juice when I get a hankering ..
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   Posted 4/2/2010 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I love juice. But it gives me severe diarrhea. I'm fructose intolerant. The fructose (fruit sugar) is the cause. If you don't have any issue, then drink your juice. It is good for you. Just don't overdo it. Everything should be done in moderation.
In remission.
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

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   Posted 4/2/2010 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
RE comment made by Callalilly's gastro, I agree that people in the U.S. are encouraged to drink too much juice. (8 oz. at one serving is too much!) When I was a kiddo we got 4 oz. in school lunches, which generally carried over into commercial cafeteria servings. This promotion of 8 oz. as the standard size serving of juice started up in the 1970s-- it helps the growers/packers to sell more of their product. Also, most apple juice now comes spiked with added vitamin C. This is unnecessary & can make the juice more acidic & less tolerable for IBDers. (My take on it!) It's hard now to find unadulterated apple juice at the supermarket, which is another fairly recent story-- because vitamin C has become a routine additive to non-citrus juices since the 1970s. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)

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   Posted 4/2/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Molestested Apple Juice (IE;Motts Brand) I reckon could be be substituted w/ Fresh Apple Cider. That which is not "spiked" / Vit. C & other additives. JMO FWIW
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