A balanced and healthy diet is one of the major factors affecting IBS. Many studies were made to find out the best nutritional regimen for patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. It is believed that diet plans that doctors usually prescribe should be used wisely with specific range of quantities. A lot of people following these careful diet plans reported significant progress in their conditions, while people who didn’t follow or misused these diet plans may even have their health condition worsened. It is believed that patients with IBS should be forbidden to eat most of their favorite foods, but the fact is that those patients should know that irritable bowel syndrome is challenging when it comes to food, and they should take into consideration that there are still many options to enjoy.
Foods you should / shouldn’t eat
Avoid milk and dairy products such as cheese, custard, butter, and ice cream because some IBS patients are lactose intolerant, so dairy products are assumed to make their condition get worse.
Many people may ask, “what about yogurt?” or “is yogurt a lactose-free product?”. Yogurt is fermented by probiotics (healthy bacteria), which transform lactose into lactic acid. It is believed that a cup of milk contains 12 grams of lactose while yogurt contains only four grams. Thus, patients with lactose intolerance won’t only find yogurt easier to digest than milk, but they will also find some of their IBS symptoms relieved.
Read also; 12 Signs & Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance.