Many of us know of foods that we need to avoid because they can upset our stomachs. These tend to be spicy or rich foods, but it can vary from person to person. Most of us are just fine if we are able to avoid these problematic foods although this can be a lot harder for some people than others.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition where people are sensitive to a wide range of foods. It can cause problems including stomach pains, diarrhea and constipation and can be severe enough to severely impair the patient’s quality of life. People with IBS are likely to need to avoid a wide range of foods, potentially leaving them on a very limited diet.
IBS Diet Food #1: Gluten
Gluten is a type of protein that is commonly found in some grains such as wheat, barley and rye. As such it is present in wheat flour and, therefore, in bakery products such as bread and cakes. For most of us, this is not a problem, but some people will have a reaction to it.
An allergy to gluten is known as celiac disease and it affects about 1% of the population. Gluten and IBS are closely linked and it is thought that gluten intolerance could be a leading cause behind IBS. Many people with IBS will find that cutting or at least reducing gluten from their diet can help reduce their symptoms considerably.