Nutrition Q&A: What’s the best food for IBS?

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Dear madam, i eat 2 apples daily. will get diabetes if i continue this for many years?
Diabetes does not happen from eating apples daily or any fruit for that matter. You can continue to have 2 apples a day.

2. i am diabetic, urinate frequently. how to prevent dehydration in summer?
Keep drinking a lot of water between meals. Other beverages like tea, milk, coffee and gravies from cooked dishes also add to your fluid intake.

3. my mother has IBS for last 20 years. She is scared to eat spices and eats only dal and curd with rice and some vegetables boiled with salt.can introducing other vegetables ease the IBS? she is on Pan40 for over 6 months now still gets diarrhoea on slightest disturbance. how can we help her
Unfortunately there is not much to do here. Since she has had this problem for 20 years it looks like she has herself found ways to manage her diet. Basically she is the best person to know what suits and what needs to be avoided.
I can only reiterate that
a) She needs to eat in small amounts 5 times a day
b) Avoid caffeine containing beverages, chocolates and carbonated drinks that may aggravate her diarhea. Drink plenty of water.
c) Add herbs to her cooking that will make the food more palatable and nutritious.
d) She can introduce all vegetables slowly into her meals and check for tolerance. A little fiber helps IBS. Distribute vegetables and fruits throughout the day instead of having it all in one meal that may lead to gas and bloating.

If diarrhea is a nagging issue then her physician may want to prescribe medication for that.

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