Irritable Bowel Syndrome is aggravated by so many different foods that an IBS diet can seem incredibly limited. Finding alternatives to problem foods can make a massive difference to health and wellbeing. Here we take a look at a few problem foods and provide some other options that will help you achieve the changes in your health that you’re looking for.

Problem Food: Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous veg exacerbates specific symptoms that are common in IBS. Vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage can cause gas and also interrupt regular bowel movements. To determine which vegetables may be causing you gut problems, you should take an allergy test. IBS diet-friendly vegetables include carrots, spinach, green beans, and sweet potato.

Problem Food: Gluten

Grains containing gluten often host high insoluble fiber content, which can cause or aggravate instances of diarrhea, a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome. So many of your favorite foods contain gluten; pizza, biscuits, cake, pasta; the list is almost endless. An allergy test can help you identify the gluten-containing grains that are causing you problems. You should be able to find swaps to add to your IBS diet for all of your favorite foods in your local supermarket.

Problem Food: Dairy

Dairy is a problem for those with IBS on a couple of fronts. Firstly, fat. Fat increases instances of diarrhea. Fortunately, there are low-fat milk options available. However, there is also lactose to consider. Many with IBS are also lactose intolerant. If you take an allergy test and discover a lactose intolerance, you will need to swap for lactose-free alternatives such as soy milk to supplement your IBS diet.

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Problem Food: Fried Food

We don’t need to tell you that fried food isn’t the way to go if you’re looking to improve your health. Frying alters the chemical make up of the food. This can make it more difficult for your body to process and cause irritation in your digestive system. An alternative to fried food involves cooking your food in a way that will reduce the fat content, which should help combat instances of diarrhea. Grilling and baking are great alternatives.

Several foods could be causing or aggravating your IBS. Finding out which food intolerances or allergies you’re living with can be a game-changer. Take an allergy test today.