It’s hard to have irritable bowel syndrome, where an individual is dealing with a combination of abdominal pains, constipation, bloating, and diarrhea that can sometimes come up at an embarrassing moment because of all or some of those symptoms coming up suddenly. Usually, patients are forced to cut all foods that can trigger IBS episodes and then slowly try different items to see what the main culprits are.
Some foods are more likely to lead to IBS issues, and the following five are some of the more common foods that pop up in studies relating to IBS and dieting.
Broccoli – This vegetable is just one of several foods that produce gas in the body, and someone who is diagnosed with IBS is more likely to deal with pains in the abdominal region. Some people always think broccoli is fine because the fiber it provides usually cuts down on constipation. However, fiber can be enjoyed in other foods like other fruits and vegetables.
Cauliflower – Very similar to broccoli, this vegetable is another food that increases the production of gas in the body. Eating some can quickly lead to a rumbling feeling in your stomach, which is the building up of gas that will lead to a lot of pain. The best thing one can do with vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower is to steam them.
Cabbage – Folks with IBS can actually find this vegetable to be pretty dangerous because it not only leads to a buildup of gas but also several stomach pains due to inflammation. The best thing to do is avoid this food unless you plan on steaming it; just don’t eat it raw. Some have found success in cooking the vegetable to avoid IBS side effects.
Brussel’s sprouts – A smaller version of cabbage that is often enjoyed on certain holidays, this vegetable is often known for providing a good source of fiber to reduce constipation for normal people. Those with IBS can expect the same side effects as the earlier mentioned vegetables – gas, inflammation, and even intestinal distress.
Green peppers – While spicy peppers would obviously be a bad choice, bell peppers are going to lead to many problems for people with IBS that include gas-related pains, cramps, and other discomforting pain in the abdomen region. Some cases of constipation and diarrhea can be explosive at times.
Corn – While corn is known for being a great source of fiber, there is a lot of natural sugar found in these yellow kernels that can lead to pains from bloating, so people with IBS often have to eliminate all corn products and things that are highly processed (i.e. creamed corn). Some studies have found corn bran has helped as a substitute, but there’s still a risk of IBS symptoms being aggravated.
Beans – They’re often considered the musical fruit, but they also provide many of the same pains and discomforts associated with coniferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower where people with IBS will suffer from the typical gas-related symptoms. This can be a difficult food to drop because of the proteins and fiber that various beans have that are valuable for the body.
Lentils – Similar to beans, this type of legume is going to be very hard for a person with IBS to digest because of the gas it will produce in the stomach region. Many of the side effects will also include bloating and will have to be avoided like many other legumes and coniferous vegetables.
Butter – People with IBS are not going to be able to simply enjoy foods that utilize butter in the recipes, such as many baked goods. Using butter in cooking can lead to many of the symptoms like inflammation and stomach cramps, especially when one likes to melt butter on vegetables like broccoli. It’s best to use things like coconut oil as a butter substitute.
Cheese – Pretty much anything dairy is going to lead to IBS symptoms, especially fresh and cream-based cheeses like mascarpone, which lead to severe gas and cramps. There are some cheeses that are okay for those with IBS, especially harder cheeses like Swiss. For the most part, it’s best to not overindulge on a lot of milk-based products.