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If I have IBS, does it matter what I eat?

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Smart eating habits can make your life a little easier when you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) -- and you don't have to completely give up any foods you like.

That said, it's important to stick to a balanced diet when you have IBS. So, never totally avoid certain groups of food, or you may be depriving yourself of nutrients you need.

SOURCES:

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion.

American College of Gastroenterology: "Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome" and "Irritable Bowel Syndrome,"

St. Luke's Texas Liver Institute web site.

The Mayo Clinic: "Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion.

American College of Gastroenterology: "Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "What I need to know about Irritable Bowel Syndrome" and "Irritable Bowel Syndrome,"

St. Luke's Texas Liver Institute web site.

The Mayo Clinic: "Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet."

Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD.

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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