Having IC means there are a lot of foods that you have to avoid, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid all recipes that have those ingredients in them. Here is a list of substitutions I’ve found around the web and have tried.
This I found on Niki Cooks for Interstitial Cystitis. This was one of the first blogs I discovered when trying to find recipes that were IC friendly. Sadly, it’s hasn’t been updated since 2016.
I use this substitute for anything that calls for cream soup. It is super tasty on its own and easy to make. Just make sure you keep whisking so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. (I once used a pan I got for a Christmas present and even with stirring it stuck and gave it a burnt taste. Yuck!)
When buying evaporated milk, watch out for Carrageenan. MSG is a common trigger for IC. Also called processed free glutamic acid, there alternate names for it and ingredients that contain it, and some foods you wouldn't think may contain or produce processed free glutamic acid and trigger you. You can find the full list here: http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html If you keep getting triggered by foods that should be safe, it may be because it has MSG hidden in it under a different name.
Soy Sauce Substitute
This is another from Niki Cooks. A lot of Chinese and Asian cuisine has soy and MSG in it. That means your favorite all-you-can-eat buffet is now a no-eat buffet. But that doesn’t mean you can indulge in a craving with a little homemade goodness.
One thing I want to note. Trigger foods for every IC sufferer vary greatly, so it's possible that these may trigger you. They don't trigger me, so that's why I'm recommending them. I'm not giving medical advice here. I'm just saying what has worked for me. Your milage will vary.
What food substitutes have you found? What foods have you given up that you wish you could find substitutes for? Maybe someone knows of one and will say in the comments.
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