12 Foods to Avoid with IBS

Gluten

Gluten is a group of proteins found in many grains, such as barley, rye, and wheat.

Gluten-free diets are recommended for people with a wide range of conditions, such as gluten intolerance and celiac disease. These conditions share certain symptoms with IBS, particularly the occurrence of diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes a severe immunological reaction to gluten. It disrupts the activity of the intestinal cells and hinders the absorption of nutrients.

The reasons for celiac gluten intolerance and non-celiac gluten sensitivity seen in some people with IBS are unclear, but research suggests that gluten-free diets can help people with IBS. According to a 2015 study, a reasonable number of those IBS who were treated with gluten-free diets recorded improvements in their symptoms. [2]

The overlap between non-celiac gluten sensitivity is poorly understood. While not all those with IBS improved on gluten-free diets, gluten-free diets are the normal recommendation for people with non-celiac disease. Some doctors also recommend that gluten-free diets be for people with IBS to see if there’s improvement in their symptoms.

Try replacing gluten-rich grains in your diet with quinoa, oats, coconut floor, or sorghum.