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Treating IBS With A Healthy Diet Step 5: No More Fatty Foods

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Step 5: No More Fatty Foods

Fatty foods. Greasy foods. High-fat foods. These foods accurately describe diets for most Americans. Fats stimulate the colonic contractions that irritate the bowel. For those who suffer with IBS symptoms, this is important information. Artificial fats aren't even recommended because they promote cramping and diarrhea in people who don't suffer with IBS. Imagine what an IBS sufferer experiences.

What are some high fat foods?

There are different types of fat that include:

  • Mono unsaturated fats: These are good sources of fats that are mostly derived from plants. Food choices include almonds, avocados, canola oil, cashews, olive oil, olives, peanut oil, and peanuts. These fat sources help lower cholesterol levels.
  • Polyunsaturated fats: These are good sources of fat. Food choices include corn, fish, and cottonseed, safflower, and soybean oils. These fat sources lower cholesterol levels.
  • Saturated fats: These are bad sources of fat that are mostly derived from animal fats. Food choices include butter, cheese, chocolate, coconut milk, coconut oil, egg yolks, ice cream, milk, palm kernel oil, palm oil, poultry skin, and whole milk. These fat sources increase bad cholesterol levels and good cholesterol levels.
  • Trans fats: These are bad sources of fat. Food choices include hydrogenated foods, margarines, vegetable shortening, fried foods, most fast foods, and commercially-baked foods. An easy way to describe hydrogenation is to think of this: hydrogenation is what makes a food from melting in the heat. That's what hydrogenation is in your body. What's so sad is that most of the foods that make up our children's lunches are hydrogenated foods.

If you don't limit bad fat intake

Heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer (breast, colon, and prostate are the most susceptible) await those who do not limit their fat intake. There's no other result. In a nutshell, you need to replace your diet to include polyunsaturated and mono unsaturated fats and eliminate saturated and trans fats. See? You can and should eat no more fatty foods to help you address your IBS pains. It is easy to treating IBS with a healthy diet. All you have to do is start!

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