Eating with a stricture

If you have CD, you may develop strictures (narrowings) in your small intestine. If you have a stricture, you may need to modify your diet to try and avoid having a blockage in the narrowing. Small frequent meals and snacks instead of large meals, and taking your time to eat and chew food thoroughly may help. Soft ‘mashable’ foods are often easier to tolerate.

You may also need to avoid foods which are more difficult to digest, such as fruit and vegetable skins, seeds, nuts, sweet corn, beans and gristly meats, or you may need to follow a temporary liquid diet. How much you may need to modify your diet will depend on the nature of your stricture.

Ask our IBD team for more advice about this.