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Best Foods, Worst Foods for IBS

  • Foods that Trigger, Foods that Help

  • IBS is a chronic condition that can be aggravated or soothed based on a person’s diet. Determining the best foods and worst foods for IBS isn’t all black and white, however, as each person’s body is unique.

    Below are some guidelines offered by Deborah Kurzrock, Clinical Dietician with Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame.Opens new window She cautions that each patient knows his or her body best – learn what works for you. (Start by keeping a food log. Keep an eye out for foods from the lists below.)

    Best Foods for IBS (and Activities)

    • Most fruits and vegetables (see exclusions below)
    • Cooked dried beans – especially pinto beans and black-eyed peas
    • Whole grain breads and cereals
    • Miso
    • Tempah
    • Soy drinks
    • Yogurt
    • Probiotics – good bacteria offered in pill form
    • Stress reduction techniques, including regular exercise
    • Adequate sleep

    Worst Foods for IBS
    • Fatty meats, such as beef or pork
    • Fried foods
    • Whole milk products and cheeses
    • Desserts with concentrated sugar and fats
    • Broccoli
    • Brussel sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Cauliflower
    • Corn
    • Onions

    Wait – a list that includes sweets AND vegetables? To avoid? Vegetables are usually considered healthy, but Kurzrock notes that these particular vegetables produce more gas in the digestive system.

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