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roadtrip
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   Posted 2/20/2006 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
hi ya'll
 
A couple of years ago i went on a food exclusion diet to try and see if any types of food were especially problematic - so for about a month or so i just ate plain meat, fish, fruit, veg and rice.
 
Now this didn't appear to have much effect - but i've noticed that alot of people on here say apples don't do them much good - which i was having everyday when i was on this diet.
 
Although my ibs seems to be not directly linked to what food I eat (for example i can have rich or spicy food one day and be okay and then eat plain food another and be sick), this still got me thinking-
 
Are there any general foods like apples which people avoid because they are famous IBS 'no-gos'?
 
 

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   Posted 2/20/2006 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to be general and say... No deep fried anything.
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   Posted 2/21/2006 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I can do dairy but cheese is a no-go food for me... I love it so :(
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Keriamon
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   Posted 2/21/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, everyone is different, of course, but most of us seem to be intolerant to alcohol and apples. Raw vegetables and other fruits seem to bother a good many people as well, as does caffeine and carbonated beverages. And you should never, ever consume any sugar alcohols, whatsoever. Too much sugar and/or fake sugars seem to bother some people as well, but not as many as the other things listed above.

roadtrip
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   Posted 2/21/2006 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   

thanks guys, :-)

not to sound to thick Keriamon, but what exactly are sugar alcohols?!


Keriamon
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   Posted 2/21/2006 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
It's when they take regular sugar and change its chemical composition so that it more closely resembles an alcohol molecule than a sugar molecule, hence the name (no actual alcohol to them). They are touted as this wonderful thing for people who aren't supposed to eat sugars--namely diabetics. They make you think that you can eat all you want without affecting your blood sugar, but that's not true. It doesn't affect you as much as table sugar and it takes longer to do it and causes a rise rather than a spike, but it WILL affect blood sugar levels. Not to mention that it causes really stinky gas, cramps and diarrhea in regular people who eat too much. By "too much" that usually means more than a couple pieces of candy or two cookies or so. We're talking very small amounts to bring on the stinky gas and just a little bit more for the cramps and diarrhea (also stinky). The only reason I can figure that anyone uses it at all is becuase it's cheaper than Splenda (which you can also, supposedly, bake with).

All you need to know, though, is that they are found in sugar free products, including gums and mints. 1 gram can lay me up in bed for two days with horrible gas, diarrhea, cramps and the awfulest gut rumblings and vibrations you can imagine. I liken it to my intestines trying to relocate to a different zip code. I'd say I was out-and-out allergic to them, except that I don't get rashes or hives or any actual allergy symptoms. I just have a really bad reaction to them.

Products are required to list sugar alcohols on the label where they list sugars and carb content. You can also find them in ingredients lists with the ending -itol: like sorbitol, xylitol and mannitol.

In addition to staying away from anything labeled "sugar free" also be sure to look at the labels of anything "low carb" that might contain a sweetner and anything labled "low sugar." The low sugar Slim Fast bars have something like 24 grams of sugal alcohols in them!!! My finace (who can tolerate them) said that amount would mess up even his stomach. I'd probably have to go to the hospital if I ate that much. The only no-sugar product that I have seen that is usually without sugar alcohols are sugar-free jellies; they sweeten them with concentrated fruit juice, usually from grapes. I found out the hard way that sugar-free gum also contains sugar alcohols, so you have to stay away from them too.

roadtrip
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   Posted 2/21/2006 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   

okay thanx!

yeh i always try to stay away from artificial sweetners, but i do have the odd stick of gum every now and then and the like

i think i'll have to make doubly sure in future not to eat products with sugar alcohols in them...


JHP
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   Posted 2/28/2006 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't do apples...unless it is without the skin...too much fiber. At times I can handle raw veggies, but I try to stay away. Since the past two weeks, when all my symptons starting again, I have tried to watch everything I eat. I have no idea what I can eat, so it is a rollercoaster.

Keriamon
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   Posted 2/28/2006 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, it's like I say, somedays your stomach is just messed up and it's not a matter of WHAT you eat but THAT you eat. On those days I eat whatever I want (except apples or caffeine, because they will always make things worse); if you're going to be sick, might as well have eaten something good first.
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