Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a medical condition that affects between 25 to 40 million of Americans. Women are the mostly affected group. It has been proven that most irritable bowel syndrome patients get this in their early teenage to their early 40s.

Irritable bowel syndrome condition is a mixture of stomach pains and discomforts as well as bowel problems like constipation and diarrhea or having stools that is soft, hard, thin or watery.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a serious disorder of the digestive system. Common signs of irritable bowel syndrome are belly pains, cramps and difficulty in bowel movements. Patients with irritable bowel syndrome mostly suffer from either diarrhea or constipation and sometimes alternating these symptoms. This condition can be escalated by stress or some other types of food, but according to an article in American Family Physician, the symptoms and trigger factors differ from one patient to the other. Foods that are rich in fiber can reduce irritable bowel syndrome symptoms such as constipation. You should talk to your physician to get the best regimen for you.

Are Grapes Bad for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Are Grapes Bad for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Contrary to the general belief among people, grapes are good for irritable bowel syndrome patients. Grapes contain low fructose levels which makes it safe for irritable bowel syndrome patients. Other fruits and foods that have low fructose contents include:

People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome can benefit from both insoluble and soluble fibers. Insoluble fiber helps in increasing stool volume while soluble fiber softens the stools thus preventing painful and difficult bowel movements. Citrus fruits contain both soluble and insoluble fiber contents making them good for irritable bowel syndrome sufferers. Grapefruits and oranges also contain both types of dietary fibers. Tangerines are the best option for patients with constipation because it is almost wholly soluble fiber which helps in softening the stool.

A number of fresh vegetables have good amounts of fiber. However, in this group of foods legumes carries the highest levels of soluble and insoluble fiber which is helpful in patients suffering from constipation and bowel movement problems. Some of legumes rich in fiber include kidney beans, lentils, lima beans and green peas. Potatoes are also rich in fiber, containing almost 75% of soluble fiber.

Whole grain foods contain high percentage of insoluble fiber which assists irritable bowel syndrome patients in a great way. Irritable bowel syndrome patients suffering from difficult and painful bowel movement can receive great help from consuming both brown rice and oat bran which contains soluble fibers. Brown rice is highly recommended because it is made up of 100% soluble fiber. Oat bran also contains high levels of soluble fibers and has added advantage because it can be sprinkled on foods like yoghurt and cereals.

FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome is created to minimize or fully remove the fermentable and short chain carbohydrates. A study was carried out and results showed that the small intestines could not absorb these substances properly. It is also said that these substances may escalate the levels of bowel fluids and may result to pain, diarrhea and excess gas.

When you opt for the FODMAP diet plan for irritable bowel syndrome, you have to restrict:

  • Foods that contain high levels of fructose corn syrup
  • Dairy and lactose
  • Lentils and chickpeas
  • Vegetables such as onions, garlic, broccoli and artichokes
  • Foods with added fiber.

The foods you need to take while on FODMAP diet plan for irritable bowel syndrome are:

  • Dairy free foods or lactose free milk
  • Fruits like honeydew melon, bananas, strawberries, kiwi and cantaloupe
  • Some types of cheese such as brie and feta
  • Fruits like bananas, kiwi, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and strawberries
  • Proteins such as chicken, tofu, fish and beef
  • Some vegetables such as carrots, lettuce, bok choy, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes and turnips are good for irritable bowel syndrome.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: August 18, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
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