If you experience IBS, steering clear of these trigger foods may make it easier to manage your symptoms
We all understand the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet. But when you’re trying to avoid causing an IBS flare-up, managing to eat a diet full of essential nutrients can be a struggle. To help, we’ve put together the following list of IBS-triggering foods that don’t belong on your plate.
- Alcohol can cause stomach irritation which can lead to diarrhoea. Limit yourself to drinking less than two units a day, no more than 5 days a week.
- Apples, although full of fibre, have been known to trigger IBS symptoms.
- Caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and energy drinks. This is because caffeine can trigger colonic spasms, constipation or diarrhoea.
- Dairy products containing lactose often cause bloating, diarrhoea and discomfort.
- Fizzy drinks cause bloating and wind.
- Excess gas-causing foods such as onions, broccoli, beans and lentils.
- Polyols like sorbitol, mannitol or xylitol can cause diarrhoea. They are often found in low calorie, artificially sweetened products like chewing gum, sugar free mints and flavoured water.
- Red meat like beef, lamb and pork may upset IBS symptoms.
- Spicy food packed with chilli pepper.
When changing your diet, take gradual steps with small changes at a time so you’ll be able to identify exactly what’s aggravating your symptoms.