Two-thirds of patients with IBS attribute their symptoms to dietary factors. Most traditional approaches involving pharmaceuticals are only modestly effective and patients are left seeking alternative approaches, including dietary manipulation. The article referenced below aims to review dietary restrictions as a non-pharmaceutical management approach for IBS. See the article by Drs. Afrin Kamal and Mark
A low FODMAP diet was more effective at improving symptoms than general dietary advice (GDA) in a study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Gastrointestinal symptoms , stool frequency, and consistency improved after six weeks in the FODMAP group. However, both groups experienced reductions in symptom severity, abdominal pain, distension, consistency and frequency.