As a rule, the best way to ensure an all-round healthy diet is to eat a wide range of foods. However, when you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), there are some foods that can cause irritation. This can lead to painful cramps and a bloated stomach.
Not everyone with IBS reacts the same to potentially triggering foods. So, what causes painful symptoms in one person may be fine for another. However, there are particular foods that are well-known to cause discomfort for people with IBS. Read on to find out about the common trigger foods for IBS, along with ideas for suitable replacements and alternatives.
Dairy has a very high-fat content. Therefore, it can commonly cause diarrhea in people with IBS. If dairy is causing an upset stomach, the patient can first try switching to a dairy product containing a reduced amount of fat.
However, some people with IBS also have an intolerance to lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. If the patient also has a lactose intolerance, they need to remove lactose from their diet altogether. They could either switch to dairy products with the lactose removed or try soy-based dairy replacements such as soy milk, yogurt and cream.