What diet works for best for people with IBS?
What are IBS Diets like?
- 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, 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
- Only 3% liked the low FODMAP diet and we also know there is a larger financial burden associated with such a restrictive diet. This did give people with IBS-D (people more prone to diarrhoea) an improvement in their bowel movements.
- 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.
The best diet for IBS is what works for you
Hi I'm Anna Mapson, registered Nutritionist (mBANT, CNHC). I help people with IBS, SIBO, reflux and other gut health issues.
I can help you to:
- understand your digestion better, so you recognise your triggers
- eat a well balanced diet, with tasty meals that are simple to prepare
- develop healthy, sustainable habits for life
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