Individuals with CF have greater nutritional needs, in particular energy (or calories), compared to the general population.

This is due to the high amount of energy the body uses to breathe, cough, fight infection in the lungs, and poor fat digestion.


It is important to be guided by your CF dietitian as there is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ method for determining energy needs. Factors such as treatments and therapies may also determine your nutritional needs. It is important to follow a balanced diet including all food groups (unless otherwise advised) such as grains and cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and protein foods like meat, chicken, fish, legumes, nuts, and eggs.

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