Fruit – it’s another one of those seemingly faultless foods. So pure. So natural. Fruit’s supposed to be good for you, right? Unfortunately, for many IBS patients, the sweeter the fruit, the bigger the stomachache.
The sugar that makes fruits sweet is called fructose. In many IBS patients, this sugar, fructose, is a trigger for abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea. Unfortunately, fructose intolerance is often overlooked by doctors.
Researchers at Monash University in Australia found that for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, restricting fructose was highly correlated to improvement in symptoms1. Basically, 85% of the people sticking to the low-fructose diet showed a positive response, vs. 36% of the people that didn’t follow the diet. Looks like fructose is a potential IBS culprit!
What foods should I avoid?
Avoid sweet fruits (like bananas, grapes, melons), dried fruits, honey, and high fructose corn syrup. These are all high in fructose.
What fruits can I eat?
You can eat fruits with little fructose, like blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, etc. Eat half a cup of berries a day. As a bonus, these fruits are high in antioxidants.
So, give it a go. Try a low-fructose diet for 30 days and see how you feel. Let us know how it works out!