UMass study supports IBD-AID diet for treatment of IBD

I’m late to the party with this, but I just found it on the SCD group on facebook via Ryan Jordan.

Pilot Testing a Novel Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Study Objective: To assess the efficacy and feasibility of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet (IBD-AID) intervention for the treatment of IBD.

Conclusion: This case series indicates the potential for the IBD-AID to be used as an adjunctive or alternative therapy for the treatment of IBD.

The study is small and not double-blind so I don’t suppose your average GI may give it much creedence,  but the study also concluded that “Notably, 9 out of 11 patients were able to be managed without anti-TNF therapy, and 100% of the patients had their symptoms reduced.”

Woo hoo, go food!

Link to report. See the download button on that page for more detailed info.

9 Responses to “UMass study supports IBD-AID diet for treatment of IBD”

  1. 1 Dawn January 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Paul, the improvements that were reported are dramatic! It looks like they were eating oats and chicory root and other non-SCD foods – is that your impression?

  2. 3 Aly January 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    how can we find a copy of the diet?

  3. 6 Anonymous January 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I got a reply! 🙂 Here it is:

    Hi Dawn!

    Thank you very much for contacting us! I am glad to hear of your success with the SCD.

    Currently, we customize the diet to the patient needs, so introduction is highly variable. The hardest part is the beginning, we have a teaching kitchen and patients do better if we can enroll them in a cooking class, where they EAT. This helps the psyche as well as increase skills with new foods and flavors.

    When we are dealing with strictures, we need to be very careful of intact fiber, and we recommend foods to be pureed or blenderized.

    I am currently in the process of completing a manual for the diet, which will be posted in several weeks when we launch our new website. I will be sure to contact you when that happens.

    The basic summary is: gluten free, lactose free, sugar free. we DO allow oats (if tolerated) quinoa, and rice (if tolerated).

    We also discourage hydrogenated oils, and limit saturated fat. Fish oil is also recommended along with probiotics.

    Thank you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

    Gioia Persuitte, MPA
    Research Coordinator
    Department of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
    UMass Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue, Worcester MA 01604

    • 7 Paul Stocker January 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm


      Thanks for sharing.

      I’ve always had mind to keep this blog SCD legal so whenever anything strays from SCD guidelines I want to clearly point it out. To wit: the IBD-AID diet is NOT SCD legal.


  4. 8 Gia January 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I’d like to join the SCD Facebook group where you saw this study, but it is a closed group and no one has responded to my request to join. Do you know who to contact to be included? Thanks!

    • 9 Paul Stocker January 24, 2012 at 10:15 am


      Not being a Facebook pro, I couldn’t remember how it worked so I had to look it up. Here’s what Facebook’s own help page said:

      For Closed groups, everyone on Facebook can see the group name and members, but only group members can see posts in the group. Unless you’re added to the group by another member, you’ll need to ask to join. You’ll become a member when your request is approved.

      I’m presuming that you just haven’t heard back yet from the group’s owner, Kara Barkmeier Niewohner. If you still can’t get in after a day or two, let me know your name on Facebook and I can add you to the group, I think.


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