Organic Food and Crohn’s Disease
There is no evidence to suggest eating an organic diet will help heal, or cure, Crohn’s Disease. However, there are many people who are turning to organic food in spite of the lack of evidence.
Some Crohn’s Disease sufferers are eating an organic diet as a natural treatment for Crohn’s because they suspect that toxic pesticides, and herbicides, sprayed on fruits, veggies, and other foods are harming the gut when ingested. Other people have read about studies on organic foods and Crohn’s Disease, like the small one conducted in Australia, so they’ve turned toward organic eating.
Organic Food Study in Austria
A small trial in Austria appeared to suggest that a limited diet of organic food could benefit people with Crohn’s Disease. During the trial, patients who ate a diet mostly comprised of organic spelt bread and red meat showed an improvement in intestinal legions associated with their condition. These patients seemed to fare better than those who ate a low-fiber, low-fat, and low-carb diet.
Results Not Comprehensive or Conclusive
The researchers behind the Austria study are the first to point out, however, that there was a “major shortcoming” with their study. They say that the trial, which studied a restricted organic diet, should suggest a way of treating Crohn’s. These researchers further argue that the only way to get a good look at organic foods as a Crohn’s treatment would be to have two groups of patients, one that ate only organic foods of various kinds and the other that ate only non-organic foods.
While the study results are far from conclusive, if you’re looking for a natural treatment for Crohn’s, eating organic foods from the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of most heavily sprayed fruits and vegetables is a good idea. The pesticides and herbicides sprayed on these foods are meant to kill, even if their intended targets are small bugs. We suggest that you buy only organic versions of the foods on this list to minimize your exposure to potentially harmful toxins that will end up in your gastrointestinal tract.