4. Onions & Garlic
Who doesn’t adore the aromatic and flavourful tinge of onions and garlic? We all do, but here’s some bad news for those suffering from the symptoms of IBS. Despite their flavour-enhancing benefits, onions and garlic can cause grave disturbances within your stomach and digestive system. This is mainly because onions and garlics fall amongst the group of difficultly-digested forms of carbohydrates, referred to as FODMAPs, which is an abbreviation for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.
The body finds it difficult to break down and digest the fructo-oligosaccharides, commonly known as fructans, present in onions and garlics, which makes them an unhealthy food item when you’re already suffering from digestive ailments.
Instead of being digested, these hard-to-digest carbohydrates end up resting inside the large intestine, where the naturally-occurring bacteria start fermenting them. This leads to the symptoms of aggravated stomach aches, excessive gas build-up and bloating.
5. Some Vegetables & Fruits
Even though it is very difficult to believe that fresh and nutrient-packed fruits and veggies are actually capable of causing severe digestive ailments despite their powerful disease-combatting properties, there are certain items of fresh produce that you must strictly avoid when suffering from the symptoms of IBS.
There are many fruits and vegetables, such as artichokes, watermelon, snap peas, broccoli, cherries, Brussels sprouts, mangos, nectarines, mushrooms, pears, apples and cauliflower, which pack up a rich concentration of certain compounds like monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, and polyols that disrupt the digestive system and the stomach.