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What Not to Eat with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Individuals suffering from IBS i.e. irritable bowel syndrome often find it very difficult to control these painful symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome symptoms vary from patient to patient but some of the common symptoms includes constipation, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain and so on. Irritable bowel syndrome can trigger in any situation leaving the patient in the most uncomfortable situation.

What Not to Eat with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What Not to Eat with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Till date no treatment or medicine is found that helps in treating the problem from the core, the only way to treat this problem is to avoid the occurrence of the symptoms. This can be done by adopting a healthy and balance diet. There are some food items that are not bad but may trigger irritable bowel syndrome in individuals. Patients need to keep a record of food items that trigger the symptoms to make visible physical changes in the body. Try to avoid these food items to prevent the painful irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Let’s take a look on some of the food items that are known to trigger irritable bowel syndrome.

Do Not Eat Grains If You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The insoluble fibers present in grains not only causes irritable bowel syndrome but also causes other heath issues. Wheat and barley are considered to be the most healthy food item but it contains gluten. Gluten is a form of protein but some of the people are highly allergic to it. This may lead to IBS symptoms.

Dairy Products Should Be Avoided If You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dairy products are not good for IBS mainly for two reasons, first is that it contains a lot of fat which leads to diarrhea and secondly it contain lactose. Some of the people are intolerant with lactose, their system find it difficult to digest lactose present in milk products. Hence, such patients should consult with their physicians and should ask them about the calcium alternatives they can safely opt for.

Avoid Fried Foods

Fried food items should be eliminated when you have irritable bowel syndrome. Fried food items are high in fat and are very heavy to digest. Eating fried food in moderate quantity helps in keeping one healthy. On the contrary, eating excess amount of fried food can lead to diarrhea and constipation. Hence, instead of frying one should prefer grilled or baked food.

Avoid Beans

Do not eat Beans if you have irritable bowel syndrome. They are one of the rich sources of fiber and protein but at the same time it is very prominent in triggering irritable bowel syndrome. Intake of excess amount of beans can make the stool tight and lead to constipation. In addition, it can also cause gas, bloating abdominal pain and so on.

Avoid Caffeine

Drinks containing Caffeine should not be taken if you have irritable bowel syndrome. Usually people have the habit of starting their day with a sip of hot tea or coffee. Both these drinks have excess amount of caffeine in it and can cause diarrhea. People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome should strictly avoid caffeinated drinks to avoid IBS symptoms. Instead, one should opt for a healthy and energy boasting drink for starting their day.

Avoid Processed Food

We do not pay much attention on the composition of the processed food we are eating almost on a regular basis. Process foods often contain elements that may badly trigger irritable bowel syndrome symptoms in patients and thus should be avoided.


  1. Mayo Clinic. “Irritable Bowel Syndrome. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016
  2. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. “Diet, Eating, & IBS. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome/eating-diet-nutrition
  3. International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. “Diet & IBS. https://www.iffgd.org/other-disorders/irritable-bowel-syndrome/ibs-diet.html

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Last Modified On:August 9, 2023

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