Fiber and Ulcerative Colitis: Is there a Connection?

Fiber and Ulcerative Colitis

Diet cannot prevent or treat ulcerative colitis (UC), but it might affect your symptoms and flare-ups. It’s important to look more closely at the intricate relationship between fiber in particular and UC.

Knowledge about how fiber may impact UC is frequently contradictory. The fact that not all fiber is created equal complicates matters even more. There are two types of fiber: soluble fiber, which dissolves in stomach (GI) fluids and water, and insoluble fiber, which doesn’t change as it passes through your GI tract.

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation [1] views insoluble fiber-rich meals as a possible UC cause. A low-fat, high-fiber diet, however, was proven to improve quality of life for those with moderate or in remission UC, according to a 2020 study [2].

Is it best for people with UC to avoid fiber or take more of it? Keep reading this article to learn more about the effect fiber has on ulcerative colitis.