Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are two different conditions with similar abbreviations and a few shared symptoms, such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating.

IBS is a collection of symptoms that can come and go, while IBD is an umbrella term that envelopes more chronic conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis that experts believe may be triggered by problems in a person’s immune system.

But new research suggests a diet that’s been shown to decrease symptoms in one may be helpful in finding relief for people with the other.

It’s known as the low-FODMAP diet.

FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.

They are various types of carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that are commonly found in foods such as wheat, dairy, onions, and garlic.

Because they aren’t digested in the first part of the intestine, these substances travel farther through our system and are fermented by our gut bacteria.Read More..