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Hi, was wondering if anybody has any experience with blackcurrants and whether they are safe to eat or drink with IC. Can't find much info about whether they are likely to cause a flare or not. I've been finding that my symptoms are very hit and miss at the moment and feel ok recently with my symptoms so don't want to try anything that might irritate me but as its so warm I miss drinking fruit squash, especially Ribena  


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Black currants are considered a bladder irritant.  I used to drink ribena until my urology nurse pointed this out to me and I stopped drinking it.  Stopping helped reduce my frequency. X
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Ah thanks for letting me know! 

I shall have to keep searching for a safe alternative
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Hi,

 

I drink Ribena and Im totally fine but everyone is different. I can eat blueberries, melon and pears !! :-))

Trial and error until you get the right balance with foods. Many people on here say some days they can eat something and eating it again 3 days later can cause a flare. .... Food does not greatly effect me and not all people will be helped by the IC Diet. Its a good starting point to find out if you are affected by foods and drinks.

Good luck,

 

Sam xx

 

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Hi,
I should think that its the high amount of sugar that is in Ribena that is the problem - not so much the blackcurrants as I don't think there is much of the "blackcurrant" bit in Ribena. Although blackcurrants would have natural sugars (fructose) in them - berries are the lowest in sugar compared to other fruits high in sugar eg. bananas, grapes, pineapples etc. and berries tend to be the only fruits that are permitted on diets like candida diets. Some candida diets and the strictest will of course omit all fruits of any kind due to the sugar content.

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Hi,

What substance is it in blackcurrants that make it a bladder irritant?  

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I thought that berries were at least the best fruits for candida problems or IC - obvioulsy washed well to avoid mould etc.  I thought berries were high in antioxidants which are a good thing and at least they are one of the lowest in sugar of all the fruits.

I too would like to know what it is then in blackcurrants that is an irritant for the bladder. Maybe acid - although most acid from fruits becomes alkaline as it goes through the system.  Ribena is terribly high in sugar - even dentists warn against it (even the low sugar ribena).
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It's the acid I'm afraid. Yes, I know they're meant to exit the bladder as alkaline, but it's still acidic when the body proceses it. Also I believe there's other elements in it that aggravate.

Think of it this way, would you pour acid into an open wound and not expect it to sting? Well imo thats whats happening when you have IC and are food sensitive and eat acidic food. 

I haven't eaten any fruit for about 10 years now, except for the occasional tinned pear. 
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