Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is no joke. Life can feel pretty shitty (pun intended) when you’re constantly worrying about your poop troubles – whether it be diarrhea, bloating, constipation (or all three). According to the National institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “IBS is a group of symptoms – including pain or discomfort in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movement patterns – that occur together.” A lot of experts recommend following a low-FODMAP diet, but what do you do when it comes to dining out? I chatted with Danielle Capalino, a registered dietitian in NYC who provides nutritional counseling on digestive health, on how to keep IBS symptoms at bay while dining out.
Know your triggers. “In my practice I work a lot with my patients using the low-FODMAP diet because I find that foods that are high in FODMAPS can be triggers for people with IBS,” says Capalino. “FODMAPS stand for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Polyols are sugars that can be difficult to digest and ferment easily in the gut. They can cause a slew of digestive symptoms including bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Some of the high FODMAP foods include apples, pears, honey, beans, milk, garlic, onions, wheat and artificial sugars.” It’s important to keep track and pay attention to how your body responds to certain foods because what might be a trigger to one IBS patient may not be a trigger for you.