Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Foods to Avoid List

There is no single best diet that works best for all people with irritable bowel syndrome. This is reasonable because the list of triggers foods that can set off IBS also vary from patient to patient. Therefore if you have this syndrome, you may need to take a trial process before finding the best diet that works well to cope with your spastic colon (another alternative name of irritable bowel syndrome ).

By planning steps to manage the symptoms of spastic colon, it is possible to improve your productivity and overall health. Your doctor should provide you a completely guide of treatment plan that you should follow to prevent and manage your spastic colon symptoms.

How your diet should go?

In general, doctors classify this syndrome based on the cluster of signs and symptoms experienced by patient. This include spastic colon with alternating constipation & diarrhea, spastic colon with diarrhea (abdominal pain /discomfort, urgency, and watery stools from bowel movement ‘diarrhea’), or spastic colon with constipation (abdominal pain /discomfort, bloating, and harder stools from bowel movement ‘constipation’).

For each of these classifications, there are about an equal number of patients. By knowing the type of spastic colon that you suffer from, your doctor can give the best treatment plan to cope with the problem. That’s why, it is important for you to be candid to tell all of your symptoms to your doctors.

Foods that you eat are not the cause of spastic colon and many experts have confirmed this issue. But it’s clear that some of them may worsen the symptoms. To stave off the symptoms and discomfort of IBS, you need to find the trigger foods as much as possible then avoid them in your diet!

Read the label of foods that you want to eat, even read also carefully the label of each counter medicine that you choose and use! Keep a symptom & food diary to help you have track of foods that you eat (particularly some that you suspect can worsen the symptoms).

The list of foods you need to avoid if you have IBS

As mentioned before, the triggers foods for spastic colon vary from person to person.

However, there are some common foods that often not recommended for people with IBS. And the following are some of them!

Dairy Products

Most patients find that some dairy products worsen their spastic colon symptoms (such as constipation and diarrhea). Generally, doctors don’t recommend butter, ice cream, milk, cheese, or other some dairy products for patients with IBS.

According to NIH, the consumption of dairy products (especially if consumed too much) can lead to negative reactions with the digestive system which then may cause symptoms such as bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort – this even occurs for people without lactose intolerant problem. Furthermore, diary components like whey, casein, milk fat, and lactose also should be restricted!

List of beverages you need to avoid!

Generally, carbonated beverages, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks can trigger the symptoms of spastic colon. Therefore, most patients usually avoid them.

These beverages are often associated with the symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort /pain. Depending on the symptom that occurs, sometime doctors also ask their patients to avoid foods and drinks with fructose, or the sugar substitute sorbitol /artificial fat.

Chocolate and fats – Should you avoid them?

Caffeine and fat from chocolate may lead to colonic contractions in some patients. These contractions then can cause abdominal pain and discomfort. But cocoa powder may be safe for you, it is fat-free.

irritable_bowel_syndrome_foods_to_avoid_illustrationFoods high in fat also cause colonic contractions in some people with IBS. They are difficult to be digested in the intestines, particularly for people with spastic colon. Therefore, it is important to eat them in moderation (don’t go too much) or avoid them for better result. If you eat them, make sure you also get plenty of fiber from your diet – this idea can help normalize the bad effect of fat.

What is kind of carbohydrate you need to avoid?

There is no single answer for this question. If you wonder whether there is a certain type of carbohydrate that worsens the symptoms, your doctor may recommend FODMAPS diet. The goal of this kind of diet is to find a specific carbohydrate that can trigger the symptoms and to determine the most varied /liberal diet that can help manage the IBS symptoms.

In FODMAPS, there 5 major types of carbohydrate that will be analyzed – they are galactans, lactose, fructose, sugar alcohols, and fructans. This trial of diet may take about one to two weeks.


  • chirag kaliya

    is irritable bowel syndrome curable ???

    • doctorone

      #chirag kaliya

      Doctors often say that IBS is incurable condition but it is manageable! thx