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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Foods to Eat & Foods to Avoid


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is definitely no walk in the park – unless your walk is to locate a bathroom. This common disorder can have symptoms including diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pain, says the Mayo Clinic.

Like many conditions, changing your diet will not cure the problem (IBS is a long-term issue), but it can help alleviate some of the symptoms. Let’s take a look at 13 foods to add to your menu, and some others you should remove..

1. Foods to Eat: Lean Meats

VeryWellHealth.com notes that lean meats are prime for an IBS diet, as they are packed with protein yet easy for your body to process. “Protein is easily digestible and is not fermentable by gut bacteria – which translates to no unwanted intestinal gas,” it adds.

Examples of lean meats include white meat chicken or turkey, pork, or lean cuts of red meat (pork or beef). The source says the standard fatty cuts of meat may contain “pro-inflammatory fats” that won’t do your digestive system any favors.

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