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Common Foods that Trigger IBS: Tips to Manage Intestinal Disorder

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Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, cramping, bloating, and gas. As many as 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. have symptoms of IBS. Many don't have a formal diagnosis.

Avoiding foods that trigger IBS may help you discover if you have this chronic condition.

Foods That Trigger IBS

Avoiding or limiting certain foods can improve IBS symptoms.

These foods can make constipation worse:

These foods can make IBS-related diarrhea worse:

GI Issues? Try These Diets

Our dietitians created diets for IBS and other issues.

Managing IBS

These tips can also help you avoid and treat IBS-related issues.

If you’re not sure what triggers your IBS symptoms, try the elimination approach. Make a list of foods you suspect may be causing symptoms. Eliminate one food at a time for 12 weeks to see if it makes a difference in how you feel.

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