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What are common diet triggers for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Foods that can make IBS-related diarrhea worse for some people include:

  • Too much fiber, especially the insoluble kind you get in the skin of fruits and vegetables
  • Food and drinks with chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, fructose, or sorbitol
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Large meals
  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Dairy products, especially in people with lactose intolerance Foods with wheat for people who are allergic to or have a bad reaction to gluten.

From: IBS Triggers and How to Avoid Them WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, . American College of Gastroenterology. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Mayo Clinic. Jeffrey Roberts, founder and president, IBS Self Help and Support Group. Lynn Jacks, founder, IBS support group, Summit, NJ. Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist, Montefiore Medical Center, New York. GlaxoSmithKline. National Center for Biotechnology Information. MedlinePlus. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.











American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES: Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author, . American College of Gastroenterology. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Mayo Clinic. Jeffrey Roberts, founder and president, IBS Self Help and Support Group. Lynn Jacks, founder, IBS support group, Summit, NJ. Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD, FACG, gastroenterologist, Montefiore Medical Center, New York. GlaxoSmithKline. National Center for Biotechnology Information. MedlinePlus. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.











American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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