Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diet
Foods to Consider Avoiding as Part of Your IBS DietOnce you have documented this information, you can begin eliminating any problem foods from your diet for several weeks to see what happens. You can also try eliminating foods that often worsen symptoms in people with IBS (such as dairy products or gas-producing foods). If symptoms improve, it is reasonable to continue to avoid these products. If symptoms do not improve, you can reintroduce those foods.
During this process, don't cut out a whole food category, and make sure you are getting the vitamins and minerals that this food provides from other sources.
Many dairy products can be troublesome for people with IBS. Researchers aren't exactly sure why, but there may be some connection between lactose intolerance and IBS.
Some suggestions for dealing with dairy products include:
- Eating smaller amounts of dairy products. Ice cream and milk are two common offenders.
- Using a dietary supplement that makes dairy products easier to digest, such as Lactaid®.
- Eating dairy products that are easier for your body to digest, like low-lactose cheeses (such as Swiss or cheddar).
You might also be able to tolerate yogurt better than other dairy products because it contains bacteria that supply the enzyme needed to digest lactose, the natural sugar found in milk products.
Dairy products are an important source of calcium and other nutrients. If you need to avoid dairy products as part of your irritable bowel syndrome diet, make sure you are getting adequate nutrients in the foods you substitute or take a vitamin supplement with calcium and vitamin D.