apple sauceThis is Bonus Recipe to the guide How To Stop IBD Flare Up In 24 Hours Or Less where you have learned your first steps about how to get your IBD flare under control.

Today I am going to share with you a simple recipe for a perfectly safe sweet treat and quick snack that you can have during your IBD flare ups.

It is important to note that your ability to digest food often depends not only on a particular food but on the method of cooking. Rather than eliminating foods from your diet completely it may be helpful to eat only thoroughly-cooked fruits and vegetables and avoid eating them raw.

This rule can be also applied to apples.

In What Form NOT to Eat Apples During IBD Flare Up

Raw apples and apple juice can produce gas, diarhhea and cause cramps.

Skin and seeds can also cause problems because they are hard to digest especially if you have IBD. They have a higher content of more course insoluble fiber that does not dissolve in water. In addition, it is more difficult to digest because insoluble fiber pulls water into the gut and makes food move more quickly through your digestive system.

As a result consuming insoluble fiber can aggravate IBD symptoms by causing more gas, bloating, diarrhea and pain. When you are having an IBD flare up and experience a severe inflammation or narrowing in your intestines, consuming insoluble
fiber can worsen symptoms and even cause a blockage in the intestinal tract.

Beware of dried apples and dried fruits in general even when you are not in the middle of an IBD flare. Some studies show that dried apples have a potential to cause a small bowel obstruction after significant expansion with rehydration.

Dry fruits have a highly absorbable nature that results in an increase in size when passing through your intestines. A simple experiment discovered that dried apple can reabsorb fluid and expand up to 35% of its initial size within 72 h.

However, prepared the right way apples can be not only save to eat but provide an excellent source of nutrients.The key is to peel apples and remove all seeds and membranes and thorough cook before eating when you have IBD.

The Apple Sauce Recipe

Natural or homemade apple sauce is a perfectly safe sweet treat or quick snack that you can introduce after you make sure that you can tolerate vegetable soup (see the recipe here). It is easy to digest and is also a good source of vitamin C.

apple sauce

Peel 5-6 middle sized apples, slice them into chunks and put in a pot. Add one cup of water, some honey and dash of cinnamon and simmer for about 1.5 hours on a low heat in a covered pot. Then let it cool down a little bit and puree using a blender or a food processor. You may need to add a little bit of water to keep your blender going and reach the consistency that you like.

Cinnamon is a seasoning usually well-tolerated even during a Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis flare-up. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and is a great source of antioxidants.

Honey is one of the low-residue foods that are low in fiber and free of any material that cannot be easily digested as it passes through your small intestine.

If you would like you can replace apples with pears. They also have to be peeled and without seeds.

This simple but delicious desert is also perfect on the go and can provide you with nutrients you need. Remember to introduce it slowly and consume only if well-tolerated since you are just getting on your way of recovery from an IBD flare up.
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Small bowel obstruction caused by dried apple. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2015; 10: 154–157


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