Basic information on how to sneak in those extra calories, iron, protein, fiber and zinc in your diet.
- Calorie Boosters -
When creating meals, take into consideration which foods have more calories so you get the most out of every bite!
Fats and Oils:





Cream Cheese

Sour Cream

Peanut Butter

   Whipped Cream















Ice Cream

Corn Bread




Cottage Cheese
- High Protein, Iron, Zinc and Fiber Foods -
While planning a healthy diet for RDEB patients, a few things to take into special consideration are protein, iron, zinc and fiber. Below is some information and a list of food that you can find them in.
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- Use on sandwiches/bread, cooked veggies, use extra in tuna and egg salads, add to dips etc.
- Besides using Whole Milk you can also add Powdered Milk to regular whole milk (add 2-4 Tbsp to 1-cup whole milk) This becomes Fortified Milk
You can add one or more tablespoons of powdered milk to casseroles, bread, muffins, sauces, gravies, ground meat, casseroles,soups, yogurt, cooked cereal and mashed potatoes.
Heavy Whipping Cream, Half & Half, Fortified Milk, Evaporated Milk, and Sweetened Condensed Milk: Use instead of regular milk or water in recipes for pudding, cocoa, milk shakes, cream soups and hot cereal.
You can also use Soymilk for protein.
- You can put grated, parmesan, and melted Cheese on meats, potatoes, veggies, beans, pasta, soups, eggs, in sauces etc. Or just eat as a snack.
- Use on crackers, muffins, fruit, bread, or in scrambled eggs. Roll into balls and coat with wheat germ. (1 Tbsp. equals 50+ calories)
- Add to potatoes, pasta, in meat dishes, veggies, fruits and add in soups and casseroles. (1 Tbsp. equals 30 calories)
- Add to ice cream, cottage cheese, cereals, shakes or blend with fruit.
- Add to smoothies, shakes, sodas, pies, or blend with fruit. Choose the higher-fat ice creams such as Haagen Daz, Ben and Jerry's and other gourmet ice cream.
- Add to french toast, casseroles, custards... etc.
- Add to grains, ice cream, yogurt, smoothies/shakes, crackers, toast, waffles, pancakes, cookies, bread, muffins, or spread on fruits and veggies.
- Add in Cream of Wheat, glaze meat with it, use on bread, fruit and in herbal teas and smoothies.
- Add to Cream of Wheat, toast, veggies, breads, rice, pasta, soups, potatoes, pancakes, combine with herbs and seasoning and spread on cooked meats, fish and eggs etc.. (1 tsp. equals 45 calories)
- Add extra to mashed potatoes, meats and anything else you can.
- Use in smoothies,add to yogurt and cottage cheese, dip in peanut butter or cream cheese. Canned fruits contain more calories than fresh ones.
- Make for pastas and veggies.
- Cook with butter or oil, add cream sauce.
- Add to hot chocolate, soups, fruits, puddings, pies, gelatin desserts pancakes and waffles. Fold unsweetened into mashed potatoes or vegetable purees.
(1 Tbsp. equals 50 calories)
- Add to pancakes, french toast, waffles, scrambled eggs, etc.

Protein is essential to the structure of red blood cells, for the proper functioning of antibodies resisting infection, for the regulation of enzymes and hormones, for growth, and for the repair of body tissue.

You can find protein in the following foods:

- Dairy -
Milk or milk powder, buttermilk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese

- Legumes -
lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, navy beans, baked beans, black beans, chickpeas, garbanzo beans

- Seeds and Nuts -
*** probably too hard for most RDEB patients to eat

- Veggies -
  broccoli, cabbage, peppers, spinach, squash

- Meats -
lean beef, lamb, pork, chicken, liver, veal

- Seafood -
fish, tuna, shrimp, lobster, crab, clams

- Tofu -

- Eggs -
especially the yolk desserts made with eggs such as sponge cake, egg custards, bread and rice puddings etc.

- Grains -
breads, cereals, barley, oats, pasta, rice...

- Peanut Butter -

- Nut Butter -

- Soft cornbread with lots of butter can be melted/spread on.
- Some large muffins have 600+ calories!
- Make guacamole or add in smoothies or other recipes.
- Use cream, evaporated or sweetened condensed milk in place of regular milk or water in pudding recipes to boost calories.
- Eggnog is a yummy high calorie drink although sometimes hard to find most of the year. Silk soymilk puts out an eggnog flavored drink that's not thick but tastes good and has lots of protein.
- Add to fruits,cereals etc. Add brown sugar to Cream of Wheat and desserts.
- Add in Cream of Wheat, toasts, breads, crackers etc.

Iron is a main component of hemoglobin. A high iron diet and possibly an iron supplement is needed to maintain healthy blood levels. Click here to read more about hemoglobin and Anemia.
There are two types of iron:
HEME iron - found only in meat, fish and poultry. This type of iron is much more easily absorbed. Dark meat contains more HEME iron than white.
NON-HEME iron - which is found primarily in fruits, vegetables, dried beans, nuts and grain products.
To better absorb the iron into your system here are some hints:

The iron in vegetables is better absorbed when eaten with meat.

Iron absorbed from all foods is improved when eaten with foods high in vitamin C such as: oranges, lemons, grapefruits, tangerines, broccoli, collard and other greens, cantaloupe, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, pineapple and kiwi fruit.
(Be careful with these acidic fruits, they may be too harsh on your esophagus. Mixing them in smoothies may help this)

You can find iron in the following foods:

- Meats -
lean red meats, beef, pork, lamb, liver, chicken, ham, turkey

- Eggs -

- Seafood -
fish, shrimp, clams, oysters, tuna, salmon

- Legumes -
lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, navy beans, baked beans, black beans, chickpeas, garbanzo beans

- Grains -
enriched bread, barley, iron fortified hot cereals (cream of wheat, oatmeal) and cold cereals (Total, Bran Flakes, Corn Flakes), brown rice, enriched white rice, flour and corn tortillas)

- Fruits -
raisins, dates, prunes, dried apricots, peaches, prune juice, watermelon, bananas
*** the dried fruits may be too hard for most RDEB patients to eat unless pureed.

- Vegetables -
collards, spinach, broccoli, green peas, tomato juice, green beans, brussel sprouts, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, beets

- Soy and Tofu -  soybeans, soymilk, soy yogurt, tofu, tempeh

-Seeds and Nuts -
*** Probably too hard for an RDEB patient to eat.

- Other -
blackstrap molasses, millet, brewers yeast, wheat germ

- Brown sugar -

- Peanut Butter -

- Cocoa Powder -

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Fiber has many benefits, but for an EB patient it especially helps with the problem of constipation.
Fiber is found in plant foods and comes in two forms. Soluble fiber is the part that dissolves in water. Examples include oatmeal, broccoli, bananas and citrus fruits. Insoluble fiber is the roughage part that doesn't dissolve in water. This type of fiber promotes regularity and may help reduce your risk of certain types of cancer as part of a low fat diet. Examples include wheat bran, corn bran and brown rice.
In itself, fiber is indigestible. But it helps food move through your digestive tract faster. This is important, because food putrefying in the digestive tract contributes to many of our modern diseases.
By moving through faster, your food gets digested sooner, and the indigestible bits, including the fiber, are moved out faster.
Fiber also absorbs water to become lighter, bulkier and easier to move along. This is why it helps prevent constipation.
It is best to eat a variety of high fiber foods rather than rely on a fiber supplement.
Always check food labels for fiber content
Foods containing more than 4 grams of fiber per serving are considered to be high fiber foods.
Look for cooked and ready to eat cereals with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving
Raw and dried fruits and veggies have more fiber than cooked or canned ones.
Dairy foods provide little fiber, add fruit to smoothies, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.
Chopping, peeling, cooking, pureeing and processing may reduce fiber content.
Rapid fiber increase may result in gas, cramping, bloating or diarrhea so it is best to increase fiber slowly.
Drink plenty of fluids, eating lots of high fiber foods without drinking enough liquids can actually worsen the situation!

You can find fiber in the following foods:

- Fruits -
prunes, pears, peaches, apples with peel, figs, mangos, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, raisins, bananas, nectarines

- Veggies -
beets, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, corn, green beans, green peas, avocados, asparagus, green pepper, onions, potatoes with skin, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini

- Legumes -
baked beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, pinto beans

- Breads -
whole grain breads, muffins, bagels, crackers or pita breads, rye breads

- More Grains -
oatmeal, oat bran, grits, dry barley, wheat germ, whole wheat pasta, brown rice

- Cereals -
Whole grain or bran cereals such as Fiber One, All Bran, Total

- Seeds and Nuts -
*** Probably too hard for an RDEB patient to eat.

This page was last updated on: January 13, 2015
- Very high in protein. I prefer a brand called Knudson because it is very soft and creamy. If you can't find this brand or any other brand soft enough, you can puree cottage cheese. Add fruits or fruit yogurts for a yummy treat!

Zinc is important for enzyme systems in the body. It promotes a healthy immune system, cell production, tissue growth and repair which speeds wound healing.
(Important for EB patients!)
It is needed for normal taste and smell, prostate gland function, growth, and sexual maturation. Zinc levels are lowered by diarrhea and fiber consumption and a significant amount of zinc is lost in perspiration. Zinc deficiency is known to impair the immune system and make a person more susceptible to colds and infections.
Some signs of zinc deficiency are frequent infections, slow wound healing, lack of appetite, loss of senses of taste or smell, skin problems, and impotence.

You can find zinc in the following foods:

- Meat -
liver, red meat, veal, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey

- Seafood -
fish, clams, shrimp, crabs, oysters, tuna

- Legumes -
lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, navy beans, baked beans, black beans, chickpeas, garbanzo beans

- Vegetables -
spinach, green peas, corn, cow peas, black eyed peas

- Eggs -

-  Dairy -
milk, cheese

- Whole-grains -
wheat bread, rye bread

- Seeds and Nuts -
*** Probably too hard for most RDEB patient to eat.

- Peanut Butter -

- Cocoa -

- Black tea -

- Tofu -

- Wheat Germ -

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USDA Nutrient Database for virtually ANY food to find its nutritional information!
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