i have been struggling with IBS for some time now and i am working on changing my diet to alleviate the symptoms. i have cut out dairy, soda, and coffee so far, so hopefully i will feel better soon! my mom seems to think that popcorn, especially smartpop, is hard on my digestive system. has anyone had trouble with this? i do not know if it has artificial sweetener or not because i often eat kettle korn. what do you all think? thanks
As you know everyone is different and popcorn husk irritates my colon --it's sort of abrasive but has no effect on many people ---- they tolerate it well. So, I eat puffed rice!!! Not as good but it certainly is easier to digest--- for me.
[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 07-27-2003).]
Well for me, I do not have a problem with popcorn. However, I am not sure what "smartpop" are.
Do they have a coating that may contain an offensive ingrediant, like a coating that contains milk?
But if it is plain, I think it would be well tolerated.
popcorn is evil to me altho I will splurge every so often because I love it!!
As for Smart Pop - If I'm thinking of the same thing it comes pre-popped in a black bag and does have some sort of white cheese powder on it. Its definitely on my list of things to avoid because it not only irritates my IBS but also my lactose intolerance. Always try and read labels for hidden ingredients if you're not doing this already as it can save a lot of trouble in the long run.
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I have IBS and popcorn is never a problem. I conjecture that the condition made worse by popcorn hulls would be a diverticular disease component, where sacs in the colon wall can catch the hulls and get inflamed and/or infected.
For me popcorn has always presented problems, so I don't eat them. Unfortunately I don't know why, sorry.
By the way, please consider carefully about cutting out dairy, because you do need Calcium. Later in life there is a real risk you will develop Osteoporosis if you don't get enough of Calcium and vitamin D. You need it especially now if 14 refers to your age. There are low fat, (practically) lactose free cheeses and yoghurts which are good even if you have IBS. And remember the Calcium and Vitamin D supplements!
I am getting my calcium through supplements. Ironically lactose free milk is available. But there are problems purchasing it. First, the stores do not carry it and the fear of drinking milk even with lactaid pills is too much to risk. Secondly, lactose free milk cost about 2-3 times the cost of regular milk. Third, the lactose free milk spoils very quickly. Approximately, 5-7 days after opening the carton.
Now the question is which calcium supplement is best. I have heard different types like Coral calcium and Centrum and regular calcium tablets. Any comments?
I don't drink milk either, but low fat cheese and lactose free low fat yoghurt are good sources of Calcium. I'm saying low fat because especially in hard cheeses often it's the fat that irritates the stomach. I'm eating both every day without trouble.
As for the availability price of lactose free milk, I understand the problem but it is up to everyone individually how much you value your bones. Personally I've decided to save in everything else but not in good nutrition. Supplements are good but I don't want to rely on them only. Sorry I can't help with the supplement names but they should come with vitamin D and magnesium. Coffee should be avoided around the time you take the supplement.
i agree with Dai... having a good nutrition is worth the price... I´ve cut out milk (been drinking the expensive lactose free milk), and also coffee (decaf is a good idea), alcohol and crude vegetables. For cooking sometimes I use soy milk and avoid using butter.
Popcorn is terrible, whenever I eat them I have a diarrea the next day - too much fiber, I guess.
I am so glad to hear I am not the only one with problems with popcorn. I had it last night with butter and I was in so much pain. I have had IBS for over 20 years but I never really cut out certain foods but I quess it is time to do so.