Is Cabbage Good for IBS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cabbage is not recommended for IBS. Because it has sulfur and FODMAPs and they can worsen IBS symptoms.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects your digestive system.

In IBS, your body experiences imbalances in gut flora and irregularities in intestinal contractions.

This can lead to various health problems, such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.

One of the key factors in managing IBS is diet.

What you consume can affect your gut flora and bowel movements, which can impact your IBS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage IBS, you should consume fiber-rich foods like oats, carrots, and bananas and avoid high-FODMAP foods like wheat, garlic, and onions.

Now, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable.

People usually eat it raw in salads, cooked in dishes, or fermented as sauerkraut.

Cabbage is not recommended for IBS because it contains sulfur and FODMAPs. It can be problematic for all types of IBS.

A cup of cabbage can give you approximately 2 grams of fiber which is about 8% of your daily needs.

Sulfur can negatively affect IBS by causing gas and bloating FODMAPs can worsen symptoms like abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements.

Furthermore, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and cruciferous vegetables are not ideal for IBS.

Because, they contain compounds that can cause gas and bloating.

That’s why I suggest you limit your cabbage intake to avoid exacerbating symptoms.

Stick to small portions to minimize gas and bloating.

Also, you shouldn’t eat cabbage if you have/suffering from IBS to prevent worsening of symptoms.

Because it contains high levels of FODMAPs.

You can buy fresh cabbage in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose firm heads with crisp leaves.

Because they are fresher and last longer.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with IBS effectively.

I always recommend my IBS patients to follow an IBS-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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