Whether your stomach is rumbling with hunger or you’re struggling with indigestion, we have all heard our gut make noises at inconvenient times.
For most of us, we dismiss these symptoms as fairly normal but for others, they may happen more frequently if they suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
IBS is a common digestive condition that impacts everyday life for those who suffer from it and can be very uncomfortable to live with. Diarrhea, stomach cramps, and constipation are just some of the symptoms people struggle with.
The cause of the condition isn’t known although a number of possible reasons include:
- Oversensitive nerves within your gut
- Food sensitivities
- Family history of IBS
While there is no definitive cause or cure, there are things you can do to reduce the impact of IBS symptoms and one of those is monitoring and changing your diet.
But which foods tend to be triggering IBS flare-ups the most?
To find out, we took to Reddit’s IBS sub to determine which foods are the most posted/talked about in the sub of 76,000 members. We selected 50 common foods tested in our food sensitivity tests and cross-referenced these with posts from Reddit’s IBS thread over the past year.
Unsurprisingly, tea and coffee were high scorers thanks to their high caffeine content. Tea was the most popular food with 248 posts while coffee was a close second with 246 posts.
Household staples garlic and potato also make it into the top five with 224 and 211 posts respectively.
Ranking towards the bottom of the table, peppercorn, saffron, haddock, and blackcurrant appear to be the foods less talked about in relation to IBS flare-ups with no posts mentioning them throughout the past year. However, just because they weren’t mentioned, doesn’t mean they don’t affect people with IBS as people will often have different reactions to foods.
Reddit: Top 50 most common IBS-triggering foods
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Expert Nutritionist at YorkTest, Kerri Ferraioli commented on the research:
“It’s incredibly interesting to see the wide varieties of foods on this list and will make many sufferers of IBS think twice when deciding on their diets and identifying food sensitivities.”
“Caffeine is one of the ingredients that has long been implicated as a trigger for IBS so it’s unsurprising to see coffee and tea rank so highly.
“While it’s important to identify your food sensitivities, people should not be engaging in elimination diets on their own accord. One of many options is to do a food sensitivity test and put your mind at ease without depriving your body of what it needs.
“It’s important to have a healthy balanced diet and a nutritionist or dietician can help you do that safely.”
To find out more about IBS and how it can affect your digestion, please visit https://www.yorktest.com/us/symptoms/ibs-digestive-problems/
YorkTest took 50 common foods that their Premium Food Sensitivity test analyses and cross-referenced this with Reddit post data in the IBS sub to determine how many times each food had been posted about in the past year.
Data correct as of June 2022