Summary: Hospitals in Japan routinely implement a specific diet in the treatment of IBD patients that they call a “semi-vegetarian diet” (SVD), or, in later publications, a “plant-based diet” (PBD), which consists mostly of brown rice, miso soup, vegetables, fruits, potatoes, legumes, eggs, plain yogurt, pickled vegetables, and green tea, with fish once per week and meat every two weeks. This group of doctors and researchers has achieved impressive results in both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis using the diet alone or in combination with medical intervention. Of note is the markedly different mindset surrounding treatment of IBD in Japan compared with the US and other Western countries.
This article is part of the IBD Index. Last updated April 22, 2022.
“Semi-vegetarian diet? What a dumb and nonspecific name, Alyssa. Are you going to write an article about a “semi-carnivore” diet too? Ever heard the word omnivore?”
Yeah, I know. But believe it or not, the “semi-vegetarian diet” is a diet with fairly specific parameters that is used to treat IBD in Japan.[Read more…] about Semi-Vegetarian/Plant-Based Diet for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease