Research shows that 25% of IBS patients experience symptoms related to their diet,1 and as a result, many people avoid foods that will exacerbate their symptoms- known as trigger foods.2 To avoid their IBS triggers, many people also have to avoid some of their favorite foods. This month, we asked our community to tell us about their favorite foods that set-off IBS symptoms. Are any of these your “favorite trigger foods?”
Favorite Trigger: A Few Things!
“Eggs. Dairy. Nuts. Pork. Seafood… Just to name a few.”
“Thanksgiving makes me sad….Not able to be around the temptations of all the good food”
“Potatoes, corn, any artificial color, aspartame, caffeine”
For many community members, your favorite trigger foods include a variety of things, ranging from coffee to holiday favorites. When avoiding trigger foods or restricting their diet, some IBS patients miss-out on important nutrients, so be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about getting the vitamins, minerals, and protein you need. If you’re still looking for IBS-Friendly meals, you can also try some of these recipes, suggested by fellow IBS community members!
Favorite Trigger: Dairy
“Milk….ice cream, cheese”
“Macaroni with four cheeses”
For many IBS community members, favorite trigger foods include dairy products such as cheeses, cream cheese, ice-cream, and mac & cheese.
Fact: Research shows that 33% of IBS patients are also lactose-intolerant, making dairy an IBS trigger for many community members.3
“Wow, I wish I knew what foods get it going. Sometimes it’s one thing and then not! And sometimes it is everything I eat.”
“Everything!! The FODMAP diet didn’t help at all.”
“Everything. Thank you for sharing. At least I’m not alone.”
“Lately everything bothers me”
For many of our community members, many different foods trigger IBS symptoms, and as described by some of you, any meals make IBS symptoms worse. In fact, over 60% of IBS patients report meal-induced symptoms (worsening symptoms after meals).9 As shared by many community members, when faced with multiple trigger foods, it can be difficult to find tasty and healthy options, and to enjoy eating. Additionally, the IBS-friendly diet that works for one patient may not work for another.
If you feel like you can’t eat anything without triggering IBS symptoms, you may want to ask your doctor about taking probiotics, or changing your medication routine. For some patients, eating snacks and multiple small meals throughout the day helps control meal-induced symptoms. If you’re struggling to pinpoint your IBS trigger-foods, you can also try keeping a journal to record your eating habits and symptoms.
Throughout your IBS journey, your fellow community members can listen, answer questions, and share experiences, so if you’re having balancing your symptoms with your diet, be sure to reach out to the IBS community today!
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