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How can food sensitivities lead to irritable bowel syndrome?

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Some people may have digestive systems that rumble angrily when they eat dairy, wheat, a sugar in fruits called fructose, or the sugar substitute sorbitol. Fatty foods, carbonated drinks, and alcohol can also upset digestion. There's no proof any of these foods cause irritable bowel syndrome, but they may trigger symptoms.

SOURCES: 

American College of Gastroenterology. 

Medscape: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome"

Medscape: "Consensus Report: Clinical Trial Guidelines for Pharmacological Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." 

Medscape: "Irritable bowel-type symptoms in HMO examinees." 

Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist, Montefiore Medical Center, New York. 

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

National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

Somerset Medical Center.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES: 

American College of Gastroenterology. 

Medscape: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome"

Medscape: "Consensus Report: Clinical Trial Guidelines for Pharmacological Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." 

Medscape: "Irritable bowel-type symptoms in HMO examinees." 

Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist, Montefiore Medical Center, New York. 

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

National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

Somerset Medical Center.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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