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Insoluble fiber, found in the skin of certain fruits and vegetables, can aggravate the symptoms of IBS. Adults should eat between 22 to 34 grams of fiber each day, recommends the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you should reach for foods rich in soluble fiber. Skip fruits like apples, peaches, pears, bananas, and berries and replace them with dried fruits and brown rice. If you’re totally craving an apple or peach, peel it first and eat only the flesh. Here are 9 IBS symptoms and risk factors you probably don’t know about.
Any food containing rye, wheat, and barley has gluten in it. A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that food allergies like gluten intolerance could be an underlying cause of IBS, so cutting it out of your diet could vastly improve your symptoms. It is estimated that half of IBS patients are gluten intolerant and should avoid these foods because of the damage gluten can do to the intestines. There are tons of gluten-free alternatives out there, so stock your pantry with those instead. Look for these other 11 silent signs you might have celiac disease.