ICN Food List – Diet Reference Guide
REVISION – 03/01/12
The ICN is pleased to release a new revision of the IC/PBS Food List, blending the data obtained in the new IC diet studies in conjunction with information and reports gathered from IC patients and support groups for the last twenty years. This diet list replaces old, outdated lists.
We hope that this new diet guide will provide a clearer and more comprehensive list of foods that are bladder friendly, foods that may be worth trying when you are starting to improve and foods to approach with caution if you are struggling with symptoms. One of our major goals was to provide a list of foods for those patients who find themselves confused and/or afraid to eat.
This new guide is a thirteen page document in printer friendly pdf format. To download your copy, please click the image below or the following link: http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2012icnfoodlist.pdf
A note from ICN Founder Jill Osborne – This is the fourth version of a diet list since the ICN was founded and offers diet information grounded not only in research but also in direct patient testimonials. Yes, my friends, diet is one of the first things that you can do to help calm your bladder symptoms down.
The first list is fairly short and focuses on foods that research has found to be “more bothersome” or “less bothersome” for IC patients. The second, alphabetized list has bladder friendly, try it and caution versions of more than 250 foods.
“Bladder Friendly” are those which bother very few patients. Pay special attention to foods marked with an * (asterisk). These are the foods that we believe can be very soothing to tender irritated IC bladders during extreme flares.
The middle column “Try It” represent foods which many if not most patients can tolerate, perhaps in small amounts. Previous diet lists, for example, excluded most cheeses from the try it category. However, based upon both patient reports and diet research, we felt that many cheeses could be moved confidently to this category.
Of course, the “Caution” category represents foods which are more well known to irritate the bladder and should be approached with caution and very small quantities when your bladder is feeling better.
Your Feedback Wanted
This is a “living document” that will be edited and adapted over time. A big part of that process is patient and clinician feedback. We’d like to hear what you think of this list. Have we missed some foods?? Are there foods that you feel are misclassified?? Is there more information that we can include?? Please send us your feedback to:firstname.lastname@example.org