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Readers Respond: Which Foods Give You Diarrhea?

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Updated April 23, 2012

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have more than their share of diarrhea. Often this problem can come on without warning, but sometimes you might suspect that a certain food could be contributing to your diarrhea. You may not be aware that a food will cause you diarrhea until you eat it, but there may be foods that you eat even though you know it will upset your stomach. The usual culprits (milk, hot peppers, caffeine, artificial fat, sugar substitutes) might often be to blame, but some people find that other foods may also cause diarrhea. What foods cause you problems, and do you still eat them?

Foods That Give Me Diarrhea

Cilantro, garlic, turmeric, ginger, horseradish, watermelon, peaches, wheat cereals, oatmeal, honey mustard, onion rings, eggs, yogurt, soy everything, strawberries, raspberries, juices.

Foods That Cause Diarrhea

Spices, tea, hot food, lentil soup, spinach, coffee, meat, cabbage, rice, pasta, sugar, bread.
—Guest runi


I find the little cherry tomatoes burn my stomach and give me diarrhea but not the regular tomatoes. I still eat the regular tomatoes in sandwiches but that's it. I love tomatoes, they hate me.
—Guest Joanne

Which foods wake me up and make me go go

Foods that give that me that rush to the toilet sensation and I GO -- milkshake, pizza, cereal, black tea with milk, too much pasta, some yoghurts -- usually the thinner more liquidy ones.
—Guest bexbuk

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