Are Old Orchard juices a good choice for someone with ulcerative colitis? Is there a specific juice you would recommend?

Your question is a good one. Generally those experiencing ulcerative colitis (UC) can typically tolerate 100% fruit juice, so Old Orchard Juice should be fine to consume. However, ulcerative colitis is a very “individual” disease, meaning that what one person can eat and tolerate may not be what another can comfortably consume.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the colon in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops ulcers. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon. During a flare up of UC, people are generally encouraged to follow a low fiber/low residue diet. Dietitians recommend that people avoid eating: nuts, seeds, raw fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread, brown rice, coconut, gas-producing vegetables (sauerkraut, cabbage, onions, broccoli etc) and dried beans, peas, lentils and legumes.

As I mentioned earlier, not everyone with UC can tolerate the same types of foods. One person may be able to safely consume a few cups of 100% fruit juice and not have any negative side effects like: abdominal pain, diarrhea, increased gas etc. However, some people may not be able to tolerate it. Generally I recommend that people with UC limit the amount of artificial sugar in their diet. Sugar alcohols — sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol, found in sugarless gums and candies, diet products, are other foods that may cause diarrhea. Old Orchard’s Healthy Balance juice is made with the artificial sweetener Splenda. Someone with UC may have a difficult time digesting this so I would likely advise them to instead stick with the Old Orchard 100% fruit juice instead of the Healthy Balance juice.

When I am counseling someone with ulcerative colitis, I begin by doing an extensive food recall. I inquire about foods consumed on “normal” days and also on days leading up to the most recent flare up. I strongly encourage that those with UC keep a detailed food journal so they and their dietitian may be able to find links between digestion and foods consumed. If you have UC and have not met with a dietitian I would strongly encourage you find a dietitian near you and make an appointment. You can go to: http://www.eatright.org/ and click on “Find an Expert” to locate a registered dietitian near you!

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