However, low FODMAP isn’t the only elimination diet you can try for IBS relief, Kandora says. If you notice symptoms occur when you eat a particular type of food, cut it out and see if your condition improves, she says. Foods that frequently trigger IBS symptoms include:
- Milk and ice cream
- Some fruits and vegetables
- Soda with artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup
- Foods or beverages that contain sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol, which are often also found in sugar-free gums, candies and cough medicines
Kandora also says some people find symptom improvement by eating fermentable foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, yogurt and other foods that introduce beneficial bacteria to the GI tract.
“You can’t eat some fermentable foods during portions of a low-FODMAP diet because dairy isn’t allowed. But if dairy is something you can tolerate, those types of foods are a great way to help maintain the health of your GI system.”