Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Avoiding Troublesome Foods Helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Avoiding Troublesome Foods Helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Dear Doctor K: I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and I hear there is a diet to help that. Can you tell me about it?

Dear Reader: The new diet for IBS targets and eliminates certain types of carbohydrates that the small intestine has trouble absorbing. We'll call it the "IBS diet," even though its official name is the "low FODMAP diet."

Research has found that certain carbohydrates lead to bloating and change the speed at which food is digested. The result is gas, pain and diarrhea. Avoiding following foods reduces IBS symptoms in most people with IBS.

- Dairy: cow's milk, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, cottage cheese and ricotta cheese.

- Fruits: apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, nectarines, pears, peaches, cherries, mangoes and watermelon. …

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