What diet works for best for people with IBS?
What are IBS Diets like?
There are several diets common tried for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. As well as elimination diets, these have been studied:
- A low FODMAP diet excludes fermentable carbohydrates and restricts wheat, beans & pulses, garlic, onions, stone fruits such as nectarines, apples, cows milk and others
- A gluten free diet cuts out all gluten containing foods such as wheat, spelt, barley, rye and others
- A Mediterranean diet is based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, seeds, a moderate intake of of cheese and eggs, and small amount of meat
Results of the IBS Diet Trials
In this particular study each of these diets provided some benefit to the participants in terms of
- quality of life,
- stool type,
- pain and
- Only 3% liked the low FODMAP diet. Some people find this diet very tricky to manage, it is such a restrictive diet. The low FODMAP trial did give people with IBS-D (people more prone to diarrhoea) an improvement in their bowel movements. This is probably because it removes fermentable carbs from the diet, which can reduce bloating and gas, and excessive water in the small intestine.
- About 11% of participants enjoyed the gluten-free diet. In addition, they saw limited change in their bowel movements but did see improvement in pain, bloating and quality of life.
- The diet enjoyed the most was the balanced diet, the Mediterranean diet. The most people (86%) of people enjoyed this way of eating which includes lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, healthy fats from oils, nuts, avocados, oily fish and a small amount of meat.
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