If you have irritable bowel syndrome, there are many breakfast foods that could trigger a flare-up of symptoms and ruin your whole day. These are four breakfast ideas based around IBS-friendly diets to reduce the painful symptoms of IBS.
IBS is a chronic condition, which tends to flare up at various intervals – particularly when a person eats food that doesn’t agree with them, triggering their IBS.
Because IBS can affect people very differently, it is commonly suggested to keep a diary of what you eat, so you can begin to work out which foods cause flare-ups and eliminate them from your diet.
IBS causes stomach pain and discomfort, as well as changes to your bowel movements, including constipation, diarrhoea and flatulence.
If you think you might have IBS, be sure to speak to your doctor.
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IBS and your diet
Many people successfully manage IBS by making changes to their diet, based around cutting out their “trigger foods” and introducing some alternatives.
The low-FODMAP diet has been credited with alleviating the symptoms of IBS.
FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols; these are the terms for groups of carbohydrates known to trigger stomach and bowel symptoms.
Some people find eating low-FODMAP foods improves their IBS symptoms.
These breakfast foods are all low-FODMAP and could ease the painful and inconvenient symptoms of IBS throughout the day.
If you want to avoid eggs altogether, because of IBS or any other reason, why not try scrambled tofu instead?
This plant-based alternative to eggs is high in protein but low in fat.
Season tofu with salt and pepper, and any other spices you can tolerate, before scrambling together in a pan with a bit of dairy-free butter.
Fermented foods, like yoghurt, can have a beneficial effect on your gut.
This is because they are full of probiotics; nicknamed ‘good bacteria’.
Make sure to choose a plain yoghurt without extra added sugar, and add some low-FODMAP fruit if you’d like to sweeten up your yoghurt, such as banana, raspberry or blueberries.