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Foods to avoid for IBS

Some of the foods you should avoid when dealing with IBS issues:

* Red meat (ground beef, hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, roast beef, pastrami, salami, bologna, pepperoni, corned beef, ham, bacon, sausage, pork chops, and anything else that comes from cows, pigs, sheep, goats, deer, etc. )

Poultry dark meat and skin (skinless white meat is fine, as is seafood by the way – try to buy organic turkey and chicken)

 Dairy products (cheese, butter, sour cream, cream cheese, milk, cream, half-and half, ice cream, whipped cream, yogurt, frozen yogurt). Dairy is an Irritable Bowel Syndrome trigger even if you're not lactose intolerant. It's simply not just the lactose. It's also not just the high fat content of most dairy products that can cause your IBS to flare. Even skim and lactose-free dairy can trigger IBS attacks. In addition to fat and lactose, dairy contains components such as the proteins whey and casein, which can cause severe digestion problems. Though yogurt is traditionally recommended as an "easily digestible" dairy product because fermentation has reduced the lactose levels, even non-fat versions contain whey and casein, and should be avoided.

Egg yolks (whites are fine, do try to buy organic)

Meats dairy products, and egg yolks are particularly dangerous for all aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In some people their high fat content causes violent, rapid colon spasms and triggers diarrhea. Alternately, for others their heavy animal proteins, complete lack of fiber, and very low water content can lead to drastically slowed colon contractions (or one prolonged colon spasm, which is extremely painful) and severe IBS constipation. No matter what Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms you're prone to, these three categories of foods pose high risks and are trigger foods really best eliminated from your diet altogether. Other high fat IBS trigger foods to watch out for:


French fries, Onion rings, Fried chicken, Corn dogs, Anything battered and deep-fried, Anything skillet-fried in fat of any kind, Shortening, Margarine, All oils, fats, spreads, etc.

Mayonnaise, Salad dressings, Tartar sauce, Cool Whip, Coconut milk, Shredded coconut

Solid chocolate (baking cocoa powder is fine), Solid carob (carob powder is fine), Olives, Nuts and nut butters, Croissants, pastries, biscuits, scones, and doughnuts, Pie crust, Potato chips (unless they're baked), Corn chips and nachos (unless they're baked)

Store-bought dried bananas (they're almost always deep fried)


Fats are usually fairly obvious foods to identify, but not always. The worst culprits are listed above, and many (particularly meat, dairy, egg yolks, and fried foods) can simply be eliminated from your diet entirely and your whole body will be healthier for it.

North Adams Chiropractor | Foods to avoid for IBS. Dr. Francine Lajoie is a North Adams Chiropractor.