IBS: A prevalent problem
If you’re like 10 to 15 percent of Americans, you might suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. It’s not a disease per say, but a disorder that makes you bloated, gassy, and prone to diarrhea or constipation after you eat. These are clear signs you have IBS. FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates that continue to the large intestine when you eat instead of being absorbed by the small intestine, Dr. Shepherd says. They get more water and gas in your intestines, and affect how the muscles in your bowel work and look. FODMAPs could be driving your IBS symptoms, and cutting one or more from your diet could give you the relief you need. Here’s more on what a low-FODMAP diet looks like.
Fructose is a sugar that occurs naturally in every fruit, but that doesn’t mean you should eliminate healthy fruits from your diet. The problem comes when foods contain more fructose than glucose, meaning they don’t absorb as well as those with a higher ratio of glucose, Dr. Shepherd says. Fruit juices, apples, and watermelon are common fruits with excess fructose, while more balanced choices include bananas, cantaloupes, and grapes.