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Should I eat less fiber if I have IBS-D?

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Don't avoid fiber if you have diarrhea. It helps protect your body against heart disease, by lowering your LDL cholesterol, and certain cancers, so you need it. Eat more soluble fiber, rather than the insoluble kind. Soluble fiber stays in your gut longer, which helps the colon work normally. You find soluble fiber in foods like:

�Oats

�Peas

�Beans

�Apples

�Citrus fruits

�Carrots

�Barley

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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