Ostomates Food Reference Chart


For individuals who have had ostomy surgery, it is important to know the effects of various foods on ileal output. The effects may vary with the remaining portion of functioning bowel.

Listed below are some general guidelines of the effects of foods after ostomy surgery. Use trial and error to determine your individual toler- ance. Do not be afraid to try foods that you like, just try small amounts.

 

Stoma Obstructive

  • Apple peels
  • Cabbage, raw Celery
  • Chinese vegetables
  • Corn, whole kernel
  • Coconuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Nuts
  • Pineapple
  • Popcorn
  • Seeds
 

Gas Producing

  • Alcoholic bev.
  • Beans
  • Soy
  • Cabbage
  • Carbonated bev.
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Dairy products
  • Chewing gum
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Radishes

Constipation Relief

  • Coffee, warm/hot
  • Cooked fruits
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Fresh fruits
  • Fruit juices
  • Water
  • Any warm or hot beverage
 

Color Changes

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Food colors
  • Iron pills
  • Licorice
  • Red Jello®
  • Strawberries
  • Tomato sauces
 

Odor Producing

  • Asparagus
  • Baked Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cod liver oil
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Peanut butter
  • Some vitamins
  • Strong cheese
 

Increased Stools

  • Alcoholic bev.
  • Whole grains
  • Bran cereals
  • Cooked cabbage
  • Fresh fruits
  • Greens, leafy
  • Milk
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Raw vegetables
  • Spices
 

Odor Control

  • Buttermilk
  • Cranberry juice
  • Orange juice
  • Parsley
  • Tomato juice
  • Yogurt
 

Diarrhea Control

  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Boiled rice
  • Peanut butter
  • Pectin supplement
  • (fiber)
  • Tapioca
  • Toast


For further information, call the Irwin M. and Suzanne R. Rosenthal IBD Resource Center (IBD Help Center): 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872).

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America provides information for educational purposes only. We encourage you to review this educational material with your health care professional. The Foundation does not provide medical or other health care opinions or services. The inclusion of another organization’s resources or referral to another organization does not represent an endorsement of a particular individual, group, company or product.

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By: CCFA
Published: May 1, 2012

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