Nutritional treatments for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have piqued the curiosity of both the public and professional populations. Currently, this motivation surpasses the scientific foundation for choosing on specific therapy for each individual patient. Some dietary treatments have reliable peer-reviewed literature publications supporting their usage in some patients. The pediatric gastroenterology community in the United States, on the other hand, has been unable or unwilling to agree on the specifics required to distribute the most effective therapies with enough reliability and validity to properly execute these interventions. The well-established relevance of using nutritional treatments appropriately for the treatment of malnutrition and the maintenance of optimum nutrition is undisputed. However, a consensual and broadly applicable answer for diet as therapy for IBD is not on the horizon.
In the meanwhile, researchers hope to assist the scientific reader in evaluating papers published in our journals and using this knowledge to make reasonable, informed treatment decisions. They review the present data and provide recommendations to enhance the area of nutritional treatment in IBD.