Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an uncomfortable, sometimes painful medical condition characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances. Symptoms vary from person to person, but in most cases, certain foods lead to bloating and cramping. Doctors generally instruct people with IBS to increase soluble fiber and decrease insoluble fiber, especially when dealing with IBS-D or IBS-predominant diarrhea. Often, the foods that trigger IBS symptoms vary slightly between individuals with the condition, though several common problematic foods exist. Besides the foods described below, the low FODMAP diet has been shown to help manage IBS.
Many people -- not just those with IBS -- experience discomfort after eating dairy. Lactose intolerance and IBS symptoms are almost identical, so some individuals with IBS may not even realize that they are lactose intolerant, and vice versa. Milk is high in fat, which can trigger diarrhea and other IBS symptoms. Dairy fat can also cause loose bowels and irritation. Almond, coconut, and hemp milk can replace dairy milk in many recipes.
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