Below, we will discuss 20 foods which aggravate irritable bowel symptoms.
List of 20 Foods Which Aggravate Irritable Bowel Symptoms
Alcohol can thus throw the digestive system out of whack. When the alcohol passes into the stomach, it provokes the stomach to produce high amounts of stomach acid. While the stomach is too busy producing stomach acid, it can’t fight harmful bacteria and some of those bacteria go into the digestive tract.
In patients who are lactose intolerant, dairy products like milk, cheese, and ice cream can cause symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, and bloating. There are several cheeses which have relatively low levels of lactose; (Parmesan, Mozzarella, Camembert, and Brie) . The bacteria in yogurt break down the lactose in it, making it another possible option. IBS patients may also try lactose-free dairy products.
Fruits with pits
Fruits with pits like peaches and cherries are fruits that contain a lot of fructose, which is a monosaccharide and thus one of the FODMAP carbohydrates. Fructose can affect patients with IBS the same way that dairy products affect people who are lactose intolerant.
Other sources of fructose
There are other sources of food which are full of lactose, such as:
- High-fructose corn syrup
Luckily, there are fruits which are low in fructose. These fruits include: bananas, oranges, and strawberries. According to some people, consuming fruit raw worse the irritable bowel sympotoms. Conversely, cooking fruit may make it easier to digest.
Red meat is a good source of nutrients like Vitamin B12, but it can be hardly digested. Poultry and fish are easier to digest.
Chocolate has variety ingredients that can cause IBS. Chocolate bars and cakes are made with milk, which can cause constipation. Foods that have chocolate in it are also full of sugar.
How artificial sweeteners like sorbitol can affect the digestive system was described by a study. The researchers fed mice with six types of artificial sweeteners over a four-week period. The mice gained gastrointestinal ills such as diarrhea and indigestion. According to researchers, the artificial sweeteners were actually poisonous to the mice’s gut bacteria.
Fried food is bad for digestion. Fried foods like French fries, chips, and certain cuts of meat, contain a lot of saturated fats, which cannot be easily digested. This leads the body to produce more digestive enzymes and gastric acids than usual to properly digest the fried food. Fried food also causes some unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea and indigestion.
Junk food is bad for IBS patients in a lot of ways. Junk food is often fatty and therefore it can be hardly digested. Junk food also contains food additives and artificial sweeteners.
Gluten is a substance that is found in wheat, and of which some people may be allergic to. Wheat also contain fructans, a type of carbonhydrate related to fructose. Fructans can aggravate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome includinf: bloating, diarrhea, stomach pain and constipation. Unluckily, wheat is great source of fiber, so people who need to avoid wheat will have to find another source of fiber in order to keep the work of their digestive tract properly.
Another source of fructans is rye. Rye can trigger symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Drinks like Coca-Cola, ginger ales, and soda water can all increase intestinal gas and cause bloating. Diet sodas contain artificial ingredients and they can cause gas as regular sodas. Regular sodas contain lots of sugar which can imbalance in the gut bacteria.
Drinks which contain caffeine
Caffeine drinks may cause diarrhea in some patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Caffeine drinks can aggravate the dehydration caused by that diarrhea. Drinks that contain caffeine are coffee, tea, and some sodas. Some medications, like the headache remedy Excedrin can also contain caffeine.
Leafy green vegetables
Leafy green vegetables are also called cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables include: kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Many of them contain a sugar called raffinose that human beings can’t digest. What is more, leafy green vegetables are hardly digested can cause diarrhea or constipation.
Vegetables high in FODMAP
Some vegetables contain a lot of FODMAP carbohydrates. These vegetables iclude:
Like fruit, raw vegetables are more likely to trigger symptoms than cooked vegetables.
Beans and legumes
Both beans and legumes contain carbohydrates which the body can hardly digest it. The gut bacteria ferment the undigested parts and thus cause intestinal gas. Examples of beans and legumes are:
- Baked beans
- Black-eyed peas
- Kidney beans
- Lima beans
Some patients can eat small amounts of canned chickpeas or lentils providing they have been carefully rinsed.
Chewing gum has artificial sweeteners. What is more, while people are chewing gum they often swallow air and this causes intestinal gas.
Spicy foods are made with red chili peppers which contain a substance called capsaicin. This substance can increase GI tract’s motility and can cause stomach pain. Even in people who don’t have irritable bowel syndrome, capsaicin can cause abdominal pain and burning.
According to some patients fiber relieves the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. While others believe that fiber makes the symptoms even worse. There are several different types of fiber. Soluble fiber, for example, slows movement in the digestive tract, which can help people with diarrhea, while insoluble fiber has the opposite effect and can thus help people with constipation. Eating too much of any fiber can increase bloating and gas. A patient who wants to increase their fiber intake should do so step by step.
Corn contains lots of fiber and sugar, and it is harder to digest than most vegetables. Processed foods should usually be avoided. IBS patients who like to consume corn should consider foods like creamed corn or corn bran that are easier to digest.