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Food can trigger flares of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). “Identifying your particular trigger foods can be difficult. . .
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For people with extreme IBS, the simplest way to identify the right trigger foods is to first follow an elimination diet for five to seven days — a meal plan which avoids all potential offending foods, then slowly reintroduce those same foods one by one. Along the way you keep track of reactions to foods you are reintroducing in a food diary,” says Joy Bauer, the author of Food Cures, where you can find her complete instructions on Elimination Diet for coping Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Trigger Foods List
Here’s Joy Bauer’s list of the most common IBS trigger foods:
- Milk and Dairy Products: including milk, yogurt cheese, butter, cream, cream cheese, sour cream, ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, pudding custard, prepared foods that contain dairy (examples: cream soups, creamy salad dressings, mashed potatoes, pancakes), and baked goods, that contain dairy (examples: cake, cookies, muffins and donuts)
- Soy Foods, including soymilk, edamame, tempeh, tofu, soy crisps, and soy nuts and snack bars that list soy protein as an ingredient. For some people, soy sauce is a trigger.
- Citrus Fruits, including oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, mandarin oranges, tangelos, clementines, lemons, limes, and pomelo
- Raw vegetables, all, including lettuce
- Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, turnip greens, mustard green, and collard greens; also the night shade vegetables — eggplant and peppers.
- Wheat, including all products made with wheat flour such as bread, crackers, pasta, and cereals
- Foods high in soluble fiber: Some people are only sensitive to wheat products that are very high in insoluble fiber, such as wheat bran and high-fiber breakfast cereals.
- Concentrated sources of fructose, such as sugar, honey, fruit juice and beverages, dried fruit, and candies, and syrup that contain high fructose corn syrup.
- Beans and lentils
- Whole nuts and seeds: Nut butters are typically tolerated, but still test to be certain they are safe for you.
- Corn and popcorn
- Garlic and onions
- Spicy foods
- Carbonated beverages: any drinks that fizz with little bubbles
- Caffeinate drinks, such as coffee, tea, and colas
- Fatty foods, especially fried foods such as French fries, onion rings, fried fish and chicken, or deep-fried anything
- Read meat, particularly steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, cold cuts, and sauges
- Sugar alcohol sweeteners: all foods, gums, and candy containing sorbitol, malitol, and mannitol
- Olestra (fat substitute)
- Chewing gum (sugared and sugar-free)
- Chocolate (sorry!)
- Condiments, including ketchup, mustard, pickle, relish, soy sauce, chutney, mayonnaise, and barbecue sauce.
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Source: Joy Bauer’s Food Cures, pp. 394-395
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