IBS and Chocolate, Popcorn, and Red Meat

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Suze, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Suze

    Suze New Member

    Last July I started having rather severe IBS symptoms. Because they started so suddenly and because I had the problem every day, my doctor and I thought I a parasite, possibly giardia. Tests were negative, and the symptoms continued.

    I tweaked my diet this way and that, with no relief. The gastrointestinal specialist didn't know what to make of it. I forget what motivated me to read up on IBS, but when researching it on the Internet I read that chocolate is one of the most common triggers.

    It had never occurred to me to remove chocolate from my diet because it seemed so benign. Last year I had started eating 85% cocoa dark European chocolate, rationalizing that it was good for my heart. Well, apparently it wasn't good for my gut! I stopped eating it and noticed an immediate improvement. I subsequently learned that other triggers for me are popcorn (even the healthy air-popped version that I love) and red meat. I'm so relieved to be rid of the symptoms that plagued me for nine months!

    I thought I'd mention this here in case the information can help anyone else.

  2. Didoe

    Didoe New Member

    hi Suze
    I have severe IBS and take 3 meds; sucralafate, prilosec and carafate, but more importantly, absolutely cannot eat corn in any form or red meat (4-legged animals in general), chocolate not so sure.

    Corn kernels come out as they went in, completely undigested or broken down. Popped corn is worse because the outer kernels become hard as well as the inside core. Alot of IBS patients have slow motility, which means food passes sloooowly through everywhere until it leaves the body. Nuts, legumes, corn sometimes get trapped in, intestinal pockets, causing gas and pain. Red meat moves very slow thru my body, causing terrible gas, constipation, nothing pleasant. Do I leave a charred steak? sure do:)
    I replaced meat w/fish until this past year with the stories about fish imported from you-know-where and their poisoned fish farms, gave up fish too and have chicken, canned tuna or salmon, when I want 'meat.'

    Some studies show that IBS is bothered by caffeine, not just chocolate which has caffeine but coffee and tea as well.
    American canned coffee is treated with alot of chemicals in processing, I can drink almost any coffee except those in the supermarket (Melitta is okay).

    Black tea replaced coffee for me about 2 yrs ago because I thought coffee was making IBS worse, but it was the type of coffee.
    Black tea, which is good as antioxidant as well as delicious, doesnt seem to aggravate IBS, so why they single out chocolate, only they know.
  3. Suze

    Suze New Member

    Thanks, Didoe. I don't drink coffee, so I guess that's good. I still haven't identified all my triggers, but like many of us I have converging conditions/sensitivities, resulting in a very limited (and still shrinking) diet.
  4. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    I posted a thread early this month because I was going though a lot of weird things.

    I had been on a vegan diet as my doctor recommended it, I forget who posted n ow but one person said that a vegan diet is horrrible for those of us that sruggle with CFS.

    And a diet that is rich with easy to digest foods are the best...that made complete sense to me and I am research for a list of easy to digest foods...(harder that it seems). I am off the total vegan diet, and have added back tuna and chicken.

    While not a 100% that has made a difference!!

    I have not added red meat back in...didn't plan too, but i leave off the popcorna nd chocolate next:)

    Thank for the post, great information,
  5. TeaBisqit

    TeaBisqit Member

    I'm still a chocoholic. But I get severe acid reflux and GERD and the chocolate always makes that worse.

    Popcorn gives me horrible eczema. I get the tiny waterblisters on my lips and hands if I dare eat popcorn.

    Red meats, I don't eat much of. I tend to stick with chicken or turkey. Red meat swells me up and I think gives me even worse irregular periods.