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Do FODMAP Foods Trigger IBS Symptoms?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols comprise a group of foods commonly known as FODMAPs. Many of the foods known to trigger IBS are from these groups
  • The list of FODMAP foods for an elimination diet may help you find the foods that trigger your symptoms and add back foods that don't cause problems
  • The list of FODMAP foods and histamine-rich foods can be used to personalize a plan to test your IBS triggers
  • Gut dysfunction associated with IBS may trigger system-wide inflammation correlated with depression, anxiety and a spectrum of autoimmune conditions including lupus, psoriasis and multiple sclerosis

While irritable bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have similar names, they are two different conditions with a few similar symptoms. IBD is an umbrella term, under which are several gastrointestinal diseases including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

The severity of IBD can depend on genetic markers and the effect of microbes on your immune system. The most common symptom of both IBS and IBD is diarrhea. Those suffering with IBD may also experience anemia, fever, extreme weight loss and bloody stool.

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