Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - Diarrhea

Do you get IBS-related diarrhea? Discuss the triggers and dietary changes you have made.

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What foods in the diet trigger diarrhea in IBS?

  • Several foods may play a role in developing diarrhea in people with IBS. Major categories of foods that are thought to contribute are those that contain fats (fatty meats, fatty dairy products, for example). Each individual is slightly different and may respond differently to food types; consequently dietitians and health care professionals who treat people with IBS often suggest that they keep a journal or diary to track those foods that cause diarrhea.
  • Some foods that trigger diarrhea do so because they are ingested in large quantities; for example, a bite of a banana may not cause diarrhea, but eating a whole banana in some people with IBS may trigger diarrhea.
  • Other foods that contain high levels of fructose, sorbitol, and fried foods may also trigger diarrhea.
  • Broccoli, onions, cabbage and large helpings of beans may produce gas and increase the discomfort of diarrhea.
  • Probiotics may help reduce the symptoms of diarrhea and gas in some individuals.
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