Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019
  • Author: Mohammad F El-Baba, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Some patients with irritable bowel syndrome report exacerbation of their symptoms after ingestion of certain foods. Elimination of certain foods, such as sorbitol, fructose, and gas-forming legumes, achieves relief in some patients with irritable bowel syndrome, especially those with excess gas. Attempt lactose restriction in patients with documented lactose malabsorption.

Foods associated with increased flatulence include onions, beans, celery, carrots, prunes, bananas, raisins, brussel sprouts, wheat germ, and bagels.


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