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What foods are common triggers for irritable bowel syndrome flare-ups?

You may find that eating dairy products and caffeinated foods leaves you with cramps and bloating. Avoid the sugars and sweeteners found in those products. Also, chocolate, milk and alcohol may lead to further constipation, while soft drinks, fruits and vegetables may cause bloating.
Many foods can make symptoms of IBS worse. For instance, chocolate, milk and alcohol can cause constipation or diarrhea. Carbonated beverages and some fruits and vegetables may lead to bloating and discomfort in some people with IBS. The role of food allergy or intolerance in irritable bowel syndrome has yet to be clearly understood. If you experience cramping and bloating mainly after eating dairy products, food with caffeine, or sugar-free gum or candies, the problem may not be irritable bowel syndrome. Instead, your body may not be able to tolerate the sugar (lactose) in dairy products, caffeine or the artificial sweetener sorbitol.

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