As a newly diagnosed CSID patient who has not started Sucraid® therapy, your doctor may have recommended that you avoid foods high in sucrose and you may need to limit foods that are high in starch. Once you begin Sucraid® therapy, the goal is to return to as near normal and as healthy a diet as possible without experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms.1
When planning your diet for CSID, it is helpful to learn about the sucrose and starch content of foods. Visit https://www.sucraidassist.com/ to learn more.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s “Choose My Plate” is a helpful guide for meal planning; see https://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Below is a CSID-friendly version of “Choose My Plate” that you can use to help plan your meals.2
To create a CSID-friendly meal, choose one food from each food group. For example, you might choose grilled chicken, sautéed spinach, and a half a cup of mashed potatoes with butter and cheese. Add a bowl of mixed berries and you have created a nice, balanced meal that is low in sucrose and starch.1, 2
*plain, no breading
(1 small serving with each meal)
*measured after cooking
*if you are lactose intolerant, use Lactaid® milk or alternative dairy sources
With Sucraid® therapy, you can include foods that are higher in sucrose because Sucraid® helps you digest these foods. Because Sucraid® therapy does not break down some sugars that come from the digestion of starch, you may need to restrict or experiment with the amount of starch in your diet to prevent any lingering gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. But, in the end, the goal with Sucraid® therapy is to eat as near normal and as healthy a diet as possible without the return of GI symptoms.
For a healthy diet, you can use “Choose My Plate” (see https://www.choosemyplate.gov/) to help plan your meals. Many of you with CSID who are on Sucraid® therapy can choose freely from all food groups, but some may need to be cautious about foods that are high in starch.
It is helpful to keep a journal and write down what you are eating and whether you experience any GI symptoms. Check out “My Food and Symptom Log” on SucraidASSIST.com. Those of you who continue to have lingering GI symptoms while taking Sucraid® may need to look back through your journal and see if starch may be triggering your GI symptoms.
*See https://www.sucraidassist.com/ for fruit and vegetable lists.
If you have been on Sucraid® for several weeks and continue to have some lingering GI symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about whether you may need to adjust your starch intake*. Your doctor may advise the following:
The goal with Sucraid® therapy is to eat as near normal and as healthy a diet as possible without experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms.