Eating Canned Carrots with Ileostomy: Safe or Risky?

Doreen 21

I have a new ileostomy. Still struggling with what I can and can't eat. Just wondering if I can eat canned carrots without them causing a blockage? Thanks


The canned ones are cooked already so heat them up and you're good to go. Start small and see what you can tolerate.

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I can and have done for over 30 years and freshly grown ones from my allotment.

All you can do is try everything in small portions to see if it's right for yourself then if it was to cause a problem it won't be that bad.

Doreen 21
Reply to CrappyColon

Ah, that's good to know. Thank you.

Doreen 21
Reply to Ben38

Thank you, that's reassuring.

Words of Encouragement from Ostomy Advocates I Hollister

It's like someone told me on here a few months ago, sometimes you've got to try it to decide if it's what works for you. I have a colostomy and ate some canned carrots the other week and didn't have an issue. So I hope the same goes for you.


Eat them all the time, but some of them come out in the same form as they entered the stomach so help them out by chewing properly, start small.

Charleston man

I eat them raw and cooked. I have had my ileostomy for 13 years. Try small portions and as my then nurse told me, chew, chew, chew. The smaller the better.

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Cooked, raw, even straight out of the ground with a quick wash of the hose, all good to go!

Reply to CrappyColon

Hi, I have found that I can eat fresh carrots as well as tinned, providing that they are very well cooked (boiled) until they are soft.

Homie With A Stomie NS

Yep, just chew real well and don't be surprised if waste changes color to match. Enjoy.

Reply to Doreen 21

Hi, when you first have an ostomy, I remember being frightened of everything I ate. So small amounts are best if it's not a food you had since your surgery. The important thing to know is that you need to chew your food very well and take your time eating.


I make a purée of steamed carrots, garlic, butter, salt and pepper


With my ileostomy, raw carrots in small portions. Cooked carrots a bit bigger portion.


I just passed my 25th anniversary with a stoma and have eaten both canned and fresh carrots for all those years. I have had good luck with most all vegetables and only have had issues with corn. As someone else said, try small portions and see where it takes you. Each person's stoma activity is different so experiment, don't just take everyone's word as their stoma may react totally differently than yours. You may be surprised what you can still enjoy in moderation.

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