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Peanuts & IBS: Are Peanuts Good for IBS?

If you are suffering from IBS, any food can trigger the symptoms or make them worse. Peanuts, however, do not always cause IBS unless you are intolerant to them. If you experience any signs of IBS symptoms after consuming peanuts, there is every possibility that you are intolerant to peanuts. It can lead to diarrhea or trigger other symptoms of IBS. If you are diagnosed with IBS, you must report immediately to your doctors and seek proper treatment.

Peanuts and IBS

Peanuts and IBS

IBS is chronic digestive disorder that is very common especially in the younger adults. It can hamper the quality of your lifestyle by affecting your bowel movements. Researchers and medical experts are still trying to find out the exact cause of IBS. At present, we just know that IBS occurs when there is some sort of miscommunication between the brain and colon muscles. The movement and action of colon muscles is controlled by brain. In the case of IBS, the brain tends to send wrong control signals to cause digestive disorders, abnormal bowel movements and other symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea. There are numerous food items including peanuts that can trigger the symptoms of IBS or make them worse. But, there are no studies or evidences to conclude that peanuts can cause IBS. If you are diagnosed with IBS, you need to keep track of all the different types of food that you eat and the way your body reacts to them. If you experience any of the symptoms including abdominal cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, pain in stomach etc. after eating peanuts, you must avoid peanuts strictly. Consult your doctor or gastroenterologist about your condition and what diet is safe for you.

Are Peanuts Good for IBS?

Peanut intolerance is a special condition where you experience IBS symptoms or diarrhea every time you eat peanuts. It has nothing to do with the gastric condition but it is a permanent inability to digest to tolerate peanuts as food. When we eat any food, it needs to be broken down into simpler particles to be absorbed by the inner lining of the small intestine. Peanuts are rich in proteins and no protein can be digested unless it has been broken down into its constituent particles. If you are intolerant to peanuts, your body is unable to break down the proteins and thus these undigested proteins causes irritation in the inner lining of the intestine. It further leads to various types of digestive disorders such as diarrhoea, gas, abdominal pain, bloating etc. If you know that you are intolerant to peanuts, it is necessary to keep them away from your diet.

Peanut Allergy

It is important to understand the difference between peanut allergy and peanut intolerance with IBS. Peanut allergy is related to the defect in the immune system while peanut tolerance with IBS is related to the defect in your digestive system. In the case of peanut allergy, the immune system of a person recognizes peanuts as a potentially harmful substance for the body. Thus, it responds to it by triggering the body to release certain chemicals to defend itself from the proteins of peanuts. Peanuts allergy cannot be treated and will result in constipation within minutes from consuming peanuts. Other symptoms of peanuts allergy include swelling in face, light headedness, asthma and hives.


  1. International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders – About IBS: https://www.aboutibs.org/
  2. Mayo Clinic – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Symptoms & Causes: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016
  3. Johns Hopkins Medicine – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Overview: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 8, 2023

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