Fruits and Veggies on an IC Diet


Question:
I have had IC for about a year now and have had to cut out most fruits from my diet along with most fruit juices. As someone who prided herself in having a well balanced diet and eating very nutritiously prior to my IC, I am in fear that I am short changing myself nutrient wise and hurting my body even more by not giving it the fruits it needs. Do you have any diet suggestions for what I can replace these lost fruits with? Are non-acidic vegetables sufficient?


Answer:
You are right; without some planning, a person following a strict IC diet can become nutrient deficient. The good news is that you can get many of the nutrients, including vitamin C, from vegetables that don’t bother an IC bladder. When choosing vegetables, look for bright colors! Great nutrient dense choices include squash of all sorts (orange—winter—squash, zucchini, yellow squash), yams, sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, cabbage products, and even corn and peas. Although the strictest form of an IC diet excludes all fruits except pears and occasionally blueberries and honeydew, most IC patients actually can consume a wider variety of fruits than that. For example, I can eat raspberries, blackberries, small portions of banana, and even all-natural applesauce. Other IC patients have good luck with small portions of low-acid orange juice or grape juice. The trick is to try small amounts at first and assess your symptoms. Eventually, most IC patients build their own “usually ok” list! Good luck!


Julie Beyer, MA, RD



 

Revised Wednesday, December 16, 2009