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The List of Foods That People With IBS Should Never Eat

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on March 2, 2016

The List of Foods That People With IBS Should Never Eat

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is more common than you might think: one in seven Australians will experience IBS symptoms at some point in their lives.

It can be best described as sensitive bowels, which is pretty much as bad as it sounds. Common symptoms include abdominal pain and cramps, alternating constipation and diarrhoea, and abdominal bloating. Yep, that definitely sounds uncomfortable to me!

The cause of IBS is unknown, although environment, diet and stress can all trigger an attack. What is known is that avoiding certain foods can help reduce the symptoms and ease the belly blues.

The most common culprits include:
Insoluble fibre – this is the fibre found in grains. Soluble fibre, from vegetables, is better for IBS sufferers.

Gluten. Found in products containing wheat, barley and rye, gluten can often worsen IBS. That’s two strikes against grains, so they’re definitely one to avoid.

Coffee (and other caffeine): Caffeine stimulates the intestine, which is not good for those suffering from an already touchy tummy.

Milk: lactose is a common trigger of IBS, and the fat content of milk can also be a problem. Try switching to alternatives such as soy milk.

High-fat foods: these can be hard on everyone’s gut but particularly for IBS sufferers. Try asking for grilled or baked rather than fried options.

FODMAPs: FODMAPS are a particular group of carbohydrates, including sugars, that have been found to trigger IBS. A diet low in FODMAPs can help manage symptoms, but consult a doctor or dietician to work out a plan that’s best for you.

Eating frequent smaller meals throughout the day, rather than three large meals a day, can also help.

Everyone is different, so if you think you’ve worked out what might be causing your tummy troubles, try eliminating it from your diet for about 12 weeks and seeing whether that helps. And always consult your doctor if you notice anything unusual.

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