7 Healthy Foods That Can Make IBS Worse, According To Nutritionists

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Feeling like you have to go to the bathroom literally right now isn't fun for anyone, but for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), that feeling may be more common than not. IBS is a condition that affects the large intestine, according to the Mayo Clinic, and impacts between 10 and 15% of the population. According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, around 65% of people with an IBS diagnosis are female. IBS can be managed with lifestyle changes like reducing stress and certain food choices, but nutritionists tell Bustle that some supposedly healthy foods can actually make IBS worse.

"Recent data suggests IBS has multiple causes, including: bacterial overgrowth, poor gut motility, digestive insufficiencies, low-grade inflammation, increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut), hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, and disturbances in the brain-gut axis," nutritionist Dr. Robert Zembroski tells Bustle. It's a complicated disorder — and, experts tell Bustle, certain foods with apparently peerless health credentials can actually make it worse.

"I was eating a healthy high-fiber vegetarian diet when I was diagnosed with IBS," clinical nutritionist Sara Kahn tells Bustle. "Turns out my healthy diet was a disaster for my belly." IBS symptoms can range from serious abdominal pain to bloating, problems with defecating and digestive issues, so getting the right nutrition — and making sure that foods aren't causing difficulties — is very important.

Here are seven food types that might seem like the healthiest choice on the menu, but actually make IBS symptoms worse.