Did you know that 1 in 150 Canadians are affected by Crohn’s or Colitis?  This November, Pure Nutrition is helping to educate about these two forms of inflammatory bowel disease that affect Canadians at a rate that is among the highest worldwide.

Many people can be confused by the terms IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Do you know the difference?


Individuals with both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are at higher risk for certain nutritional deficiencies than the general population. Some of these nutrients include folic acid, vitamin B12, iron and zinc.

In addition, individuals with IBD are at higher risk for osteoporosis, especially if they are also underweight, are taking steroid therapy for their condition, and/or have a low intake of foods high in calcium/vitamin D.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Crohn’s or Colitis, you may benefit from meeting with a Registered Dietitian to ensure your nutritional needs are being met, especially if you are in active disease, have reduced nutritional intake or have had a recent surgery.

For more information on IBD, refer to following links:

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada – a national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding cures for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

University of Saskatchewan Multidisciplinary Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic