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What foods can trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms?

The most problematic foods for patients with IBS are fiber and dairy.

Dr. Lawrence S. Friedman, MD
Gastroenterologist
Foods that may trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms include:
  • Apples and other raw fruits
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Caffeine
  • Cauliflower
  • Chewing gum, beverages, or foods sweetened with fructose or sorbitol
  • Chocolate
  • Dairy products
  • Fatty foods
  • Margarine
  • Nuts
  • Orange and grapefruit juices
  • Wheat products

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