Individuals with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) find it very difficult to control their symptoms. Symptoms of this condition can surface very quickly and can often spark a humiliating situation for sufferers. Symptoms of IBS include constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea and bloating. Luckily, there are ways to control some of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – and one of those ways is avoiding certain foods. When it comes to IBS, there are many trigger foods. Trigger foods are foods that spark a reaction in the body that lead to full-on symptoms. Avoiding eating these trigger foods can eliminate a lot of incidences of IBS.

If you’ve been experiencing symptoms of IBS, you may want to consider avoiding these foods in the future:

1. Broccoli

Broccoli is high in fiber, but it can cause gas. This can increase bloating and cause some irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. If you love broccoli, try cooking it instead of eating it raw. Steaming is a great option.

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is avery dangerous food for people with irritable bowel syndrome. It is likely to cause gas, which can  lead to painful stomach troubles. Some lettuces can also cause problems.

3. Green Peppers

Green peppers can often be tough to digest. They can also cause serious bloating and uncomfortable stomach pain. If you love peppers, consider eating red ones instead. Red peppers are ripened green peppers and many people find them easier to digest.

4. Corn

Corn is high in both fiber and sugar. Reducing the amount of corn you eat can help eliminate painful bloating. If you absolutely can’t live without it, higher processed corn products like cream corn are a better choice for IBS sufferers.

5. Beans

Beans may seem like an okay choice when it comes to IBS, but they’re not. Beans are high in both protein and fiber but can trigger serious IBS symptoms. The potential harm far outweighs any nutritional benefit this food has for sufferers.


6. Butter

Fatty foods have always been known to cause unpleasant IBS symptoms. Eliminating butter from  your cooking process (or the foods you eat) will help eliminate some of the symptoms you may be experience. Try cooking with healthier oils instead.

7. Cheese

Cheese is a popular food in many households. Unfortunately, it is also known to trigger IBS symptoms. Avoid creamy cheeses like cream cheese and mascarpone and, if you’re really craving cheese, opt for harder ones like parmesan cheese.

8. Milk and Cream

If you enjoy coffee, chances are you’re not going to like this addition to the list. Milk and cream both play a key role in triggering IBS symptoms. Further, if you already suffer from lactose intolerance, you’re definitely going to want to avoid these foods/beverages at all costs.

9. Ice Cream

Ice Cream, another dairy product known to produce IBS symptoms, is a delicious dessert but you could end up paying big time for indulging. If you’re looking for something tasty for dessert, opt for a light pudding or fruit salad instead.


10. Coffee

Sorry coffee lovers, java is a huge no-no when it comes to managing IBS. Caffeine is known to dehydrate the body, increasing the likeliness of diarrhea. If you’re drinking coffee and it sets off your IBS, put it down and opt for a hot lemon instead.

11. Alcohol

All the fun comes to an end when you’re dealing with IBS. Not only are you encouraged to cut back on coffee but alcohol is a known trigger as well. Opting for cocktails made with tonic water or juice might help control the symptoms a little bit but if you’re trying to eliminate them altogether, steering clear of alcohol altogether is your best bet.

12. Spices

Many people will find that several types of spices are difficult to digest when combatting IBS problems. Spicy foods such as curry can spark symptoms for sufferers. Making your food more bland may not be as satisfying but it will definitely help control your IBS issues.

13. French Fries

French fries can be too fatty for people with irritable bowel syndrome. Instead, try making them yourself! Toss the cut potatoes with a dash of oil and bake them until browned.


14. Pizza

Everyone loves pizza but this delicious dish isn’t optimal for people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you can’t cancel pizza night, opt for toppings like chicken and tomatoes and stay away from lots of cheese and fatty meats.

15. Cauliflower

You might think cauliflower is good for you (and, most times, it is) however this vegetable will make IBS suffers feel bloated and full. Instead of cauliflower, opt for multigrain rice as a side dish to your next meal.

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