Diet and Nutrition in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Watch this video to learn about how diet and nutritional therapies can be used to help manage Crohn's or colitis, and other dietary recommendations for people with IBD to maintain overall health. 

The following topics are reviewed by a registered dietitian that has lived experience with IBD (in order of appearance): 

  • Types of diets that may be used in people with IBD including the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Low FODMAP, Gluten-free, Paleolithic, Crohn's disease exclusion diet (CDED), Mediterranean diet, IBD-AID diet, and Auto-Immune Protocol diet

  • Enteral Nutrition (EN) and formula for the management of Crohn's disease in children and adults

  • Nutritional supplements including curcumin, omega-3, vitamin D, prebiotics and probiotics

  • Current food recommendations to maintain a healthy diet including proteins, grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats

  • Role of diet in symptom management (nausea, diarrhea, bloating, gas) and maintaining overall health (weight, nutritional health, bone density/mass, and recovery)

  • Impact of bowel stricture, surgery, ostomy or J-pouch on diet and nutrition 

  • Other considerations for IBD include fibre, residue, fat, dairy or lactose, gas-producing foods, vegetarian or vegan diets, anemia, hair growth, and identifying trigger foods that lead to IBD symptoms


Robyn Nagel (RD, MHSc) is a Community Registered Dietitian working at a Family Health Team in Midland, Ontario. Robyn completed both her Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences and her Masters of Health Science in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson University.


  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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