PRODUCE Study Overview

PRODUCE Study Overview

The PRODUCE study, which stands for Personalized Research oDiet in Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, will compare the effectiveness of a strict Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) versus a modified SCD in reducing symptoms and inflammation in people with IBD. Participants will be asked to alternate diets during a period of 34 weeks. Participants will receive results about the impact of these different diets on their symptoms and inflammation. All participants’ data will be combined to learn about the effects of diet in IBD overall.

What is the SCD?

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a nutritionally balanced diet mostly based on meats, vegetables, fruit, and nuts. The diet also allows hard cheeses and some yogurts.

View the video below to learn more: 

Why is the PRODUCE Study Important?

The role of nutritional interventions in IBD therapy is one of the most frequently asked questions from patients and families. There is growing evidence to show diet has an impact on disease activity for patients with IBD. We need to perform studies like PRODUCE to learn more.

Patient Eligibility for the PRODUCE Study

Patients who meet the criteria below may be eligible to participate in the study*: 

  • 7-18 years old
  • Diagnosed with mild to moderate IBD
  • Patient’s clinician is practicing at a participating ImproveCareNow care center
  • Stable medications
  • Parent has smartphone (Android or iOS) and access to the internet
  • Currently not on the SCD 

*In addition to these criteria, there are a number of other characteristics that participants need to have in order to be able to participate.  Check with your IBD care center for other specific criteria.

View the PRODUCE Patient Video