Do you suffer from IBS? You aren’t alone. Just on Reddit, there are more than 76,000 members of the IBS community. IBS is a common digestive condition that can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, and constipation. Certain foods are known to trigger IBS. But which are the worst? Well, food sensitivity specialist YorkTest conducted a study to find out. They took 50 common ingredients regularly tested for food sensitivities and cross-referenced this with data from Reddit’s IBS sub. This allowed them to gain a perspective on the foods that are more irritating to people who have IBS. This top 20 list features the foods most discussed on Reddit (determined by the number of posts).
Caffeine is often something said to trigger IBS symptoms and this study confirms that. You’ll also find lots of meats, some vegetables, fruit, and grains on this list. In fact, there are so many common foods on here, that I’d struggle to plan a week’s worth of food avoiding them. This opened my eyes to the struggles that IBS sufferers face on a daily basis. Do any of these foods that trigger IBS surprise you? Is eating them worth the symptoms? It’s easy to envision a scenario where at a restaurant, party, or meeting you’d have to eat some of these foods.