It is hard to think of a diet or nutrition plan that excludes tomatoes. Whether it is a Paleo diet, low-carb, fat-free, or “juicing” plan, tomatoes are a pretty standard healthy food. Not to mention, they are just straight up delicious and in a ridiculous variety of everyday staple dishes. Research has shown that the health benefits of tomatoes can help with depression, eye and skin health, and even constipation. Unfortunately, whether it’s the seeds, skin or acidity of tomatoes, they can really cause problems for people with Crohn’s Disease. This often means that even if the pizza, pasta or soup is gluten and dairy free, (sob) that darn tomato sauce can still be painful.
- How do you tolerate tomatoes with Crohn’s?
- Are there cooking methods that allow you to tolerate tomatoes better than others? (Stewed, Roasted, Baked, Raw?)
- If you can’t tolerate them, have you found a food substitute for tomatoes that you like to use?
- Have you tried reducing the acidity (such as adding baking soda to tomato sauces), or removing the skin or seeds with any noticeable results?
- Do you have a favorite recipe that includes tomatoes that for whatever reason, seems to work with your Crohn’s? (Please share!!)
* PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS MERELY AN OPINION BLOG. THE RESEARCH AND INFORMATION COVERED IN THIS BLOG IS OPEN TO PUBLIC DOMAIN FOR DISCUSSION. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY FORMAL MEDICAL BACKGROUND. WE SIMPLY WANT TO SHARE AND DISCUSS FOODS FOR THOSE WITH CROHN’S DISEASE. BECAUSE PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM CROHN’S DISEASE TOLERATE A VARIETY OF FOODS DIFFERENTLY, RECIPES OFTEN NEED SPECIFIC ALTERATIONS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL. GET CREATIVE! LEAVE OUT THE FOODS THAT DON’T WORK FOR YOU AND USE THE FOODS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. HAPPY COOKING!!