Certain foods are known to stimulate gut reactions in general. In those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) eating too much of these might bring about or worsen symptoms.

For example symptoms of abdominal cramps and diarrhea might be brought on by...

  • Meals that are too large or high in fat
  • Fried foods
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

Eating too much of some types of sugar that are poorly absorbed by the bowel can also cause cramping or diarrhea. Examples include...

  • Sorbitol – commonly used as a sweetener in many dietetic foods, candies, and gums
  • Fructose – also used as a sweetener and found naturally in honey as well as some fruits
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