Is Greek Yoghurt Good for IBS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Greek yogurt is good for IBS. Because it has probiotics and protein, which can help balance your gut bacteria and improve your digestion.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects your digestive system, especially your large intestine.

In IBS, your body has abnormal contractions and nerve signals in your intestines, which can cause pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation.

This can lead to various health problems, such as malnutrition, dehydration, anxiety, and depression.

One of the key factors in managing IBS is diet.

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

To effectively manage IBS, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and avoid high-fat foods like fried foods, cheese, and butter.

Now, Greek yogurt is a type of yogurt that is strained to remove excess liquid and whey, resulting in a thicker and creamier product.

People usually eat Greek yogurt as a snack, breakfast, or dessert, or use it as a substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise in recipes.

Greek yogurt is good for IBS because it contains probiotics and protein.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help balance your gut flora and improve your digestion.

Protein can help you feel full and prevent blood sugar spikes that can trigger IBS symptoms.

A 7-ounce (200-gram) serving of low-fat, plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt can give you 20 grams of protein (40% of your daily needs), 18% of your daily calcium, 43% of your daily vitamin B12, and 45% of your daily selenium.

Probiotics can positively affect IBS by reducing inflammation, enhancing the intestinal barrier, and modulating the immune system.

Protein can positively affect IBS by supporting muscle growth and repair, regulating appetite and metabolism, and producing neurotransmitters that affect mood and cognition.

Furthermore, Greek yogurt is a dairy product and dairy products are good for IBS.

Because, they provide calcium, which is important for bone health and muscle function, and vitamin D, which is essential for immune health and mood regulation.

You can eat up to 3 servings of Greek yogurt per day safely.

More than that can cause excess calories, saturated fat, and lactose, which can worsen IBS symptoms.

Also, you shouldn’t eat Greek yogurt if you have lactose intolerance or a dairy allergy to prevent abdominal pain, diarrhea, or anaphylaxis.

Because, Greek yogurt still contains some lactose and dairy proteins, which can trigger these reactions.

You can buy fresh Greek yogurt in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose plain, unsweetened, and low-fat varieties.

Because, flavored and sweetened options can contain added sugar, artificial colors, and preservatives, which can aggravate IBS symptoms.

You can store Greek yogurt in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing 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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