What are IBS trigger foods November 11, 2015 10:00

What is a trigger food?

An Irritable Bowel Syndrome ‘trigger food’ is one that can initiate or aggravate IBS symptoms including change in bowel movements, cramps and bloating. Some of these foods are widely known for their effect on sufferers where others do not always set off a reaction but in some instances do.

What foods are included?

Foods known to produce excess gas within the bowels – these can aggravate bloating and feelings of urgency. 
(Beans, cabbage, legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, lentils, sprouts, raisins, onions, bagels, soft drinks and soda etc.)

Foods that stimulate the gut – these can cause cramping and bloating.
(High fat meals, large portion sizes, fried foods, alcohol and caffeine)

Hard to digest sugars – these can cause cramping and diarrhoea.
(Sorbitol sweetener found in some sugar free food and soft drinks and fructose)

What alternatives are there?

It is important to remember that although these food’s may trigger IBS symptoms if you do decide to remove them from your diet you will still need to find a source of the vital vitamins and minerals your body requires.

  • Consider speaking to a dietician about developing a meal plan tailored to your symptoms.
  • There are many diet plans available online, the majority of them have good ideas on how to eat well with IBS.
  • Experiment with different foods, try eliminating different foods from your diet to see if that makes a difference to your symptoms.

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Thank you to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for providing information on this topic.

*A healthy diet is vital for everyone. Please remember to always seek medical advice. This article is written generically about IBS and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have IBS or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.