IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is common & can be caused by many trigger foods. Common symptoms include constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and bloating. But you can avoid it by identifying the foods that aggravate Irritable Bowel Syndrome and avoid them.

Here are 7 foods that you must avoid if you are suffering from IBS:

  1. Cabbage

Yes! This leafy vegetable is quite a dangerous deal for people suffering from IBS. Cabbage is likely to cause gas, because it contains a form of sugar known as raffinose, which can lead to painful stomach ache.

cabbage

  1. Caffeine

Caffeine can increase diarrhea,by having a stimulating effect on your intestines. High sources of caffeine are found in foods like coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate and some pain killers. So alternatively, you can consume chamomile tea or lemon tea if you like to have some hot beverages.

caffeine

  1. Milk and Milk Products

If you are a milk or  cheese lover, then this is bad news for IBS patients who are lactose intolerant as these foods can trigger IBS. Foods like milk have high fat content making it a trigger agent for IBS. You need to look for alternate options like soy or almond milk and tofu.

Milk-Milk-Products

  1. Spicy Food

If you are struggling with IBS, then strictly avoid spicy foods like pickles, curries, etc. Spicy foods contain a chemical called capsaicin, which can worsen your problem of stomach ulcers, if you have any. Therefore, making your food less or moderately spicy will definitely help you control your IBS issues.

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spicy-food

  1. Pizza and Pasta

Everyone loves pizza and pasta but these delicacies aren’t meant for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These foods contain dangerously high levels of sodium and saturated fat. But if you don’t want to completely remove pizza or pasta from your meals, then try out their gluten-free or whole wheat options.

pizza-and-pasta

  1. Beans

Beans, as we all know, are high in protein and fiber, and can trigger some serious IBS symptoms. This is because they contain a complex sugar, called oligosaccharide, that the human body cannot break down fully. Therefore, for people suffering from IBS syndrome, the potential harm outweighs any nutritional benefit this food has to offer.

beans

  1. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners, like sorbitol, maltitol, or xylitol, contain ingredients like sucralose, acesulfame potassium, and aspartame are hard for the body to absorb, especially when you have IBS and therefore are a big no-no for you.

artificial-sweeteners

Avoiding these 7 foods will help you minimize your IBS issues to a certain extent. Adopt alternate options of cooking like grilling, broiling, baking, or steaming with little to no oil. Try using a cooking spray instead of oil.

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It becomes really hard to focus on your work with an irritable stomach, therefore, avoid foods that may trigger it. Each one of us is unique and should listen to our body signals to better understand what works and what doesn’t work for us.

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Namita Nayyar, the President and owner of Womenfitness.org, has studied in-depth about exercise and nutrition, both normal and therapeutic. She is an M.Sc. (Gold Medalist), Nutrition & Fitness Expert (IFA). Women Fitness is a world leading website on women health and fitness in India. It believes that every woman can achieve her desired body if she believes in herself and works wholeheartedly to achieve a healthy and fit body. Their mission is to support each woman to achieve their fitness goal.

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