IBS Foods to Avoid: List of Foods that Trigger IBS

An estimated 10-15% of Americans suffer from IBS symptoms but only 7% have been diagnosed with the disease. IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a disorder of the bowel that produces constipation, abdominal bloating and diarrhea. While you can take over-the-counter medications to soothe the pain, there are other measures you can take. Try avoiding these 5 foods that can trigger IBS.

High Fats

High fatty foods such as pizzas, burgers, and anything with a high grease and fat content are thought to increase discomfort and IBS symptoms. The high fat content in such meals can affect the motility by increasing gut hormones. The doctor may suggest a special diet for maintaining IBS but it is wise to stay away from such foods. And if you’re dealing with hemorrhoids, too, staying away from high fatty meals will help you in your progress of healing hemorrhoids and avoiding further aggravating the anal area.


Alcohol is an instant trigger for IBS because of the harsh compounds in it. It is said to trigger symptoms of discomfort by affecting the motility of the digestive tract. While it’s okay to indulge once or twice a week, it’s best to limit yourself. Rum, sweet wines, and fruit flavored acidic specialty drinks are thought to cause symptoms.


If you’re a lover of green tea and your first cup of coffee in the morning then you’re not going to like having to step away from the caffeine. Studies show that caffeine is a stimulant that triggers IBS symptoms. It is known for raising levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in your body that leads to over-activation of the gut. Trace amounts of caffeine are even found in decaffeinated coffee and teas. It’s best to avoid them all together.

Spicy Foods

Whether you like spicy foods or not, if you have IBS, your body will let you know right away if you consumed a chili pepper. Capsaicin is the main component in the chili and is known for upsetting the gut motility in most people. This is a very common trigger for those with IBS.

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About Robert Cutler, D.O.

Dr. Robert Cutler has performed duties as a specialist in the field of Proctology over 30 years as a practicing physician. Over this time, he has had great success integrating patient care from both an efficiency standpoint and as a practical approach to holistic and preventative medicine.

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