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What you eat can affect the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Some foods may help to reduce symptoms, while others can make symptoms worse. Also, various foods may affect some people, and not have any effect in others. To determine which foods may affect your IBS symptoms, it may help to keep a journal of which foods you eat, when you eat them, and whether you notice any difference in your symptoms.
A common diet for irritable bowel syndrome may include natural foods that have a high amount of fiber, such as:
  • Whole-grain breads and cereals
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables.
Other dietary changes that may help improve symptoms in some people may include meals that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates, such as:
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Whole-grain breads and cereals
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables.
Some of the foods that many people with IBS tend to avoid include dairy products, gas-producing foods (such as beans and broccoli), and gluten.
(Click Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diet for more examples of common diets for this condition. This article highlights several foods and drinks that can improve symptoms, as well as those that can make IBS symptoms worse.)
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