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Apples are a great food for IBS, once you know their secret. They may even help to relieve irritable bowel pain.

Here’s why...

...Apple flesh is full of soluble fibre. That’s the fiber that dissolves in water to form a gel. It bulks up in your intestines to help create nice regular contractions, instead of those painful spasms that hurt so much. This is why applesauce is often recommended for people with IBS.

But apples have another side to them that’s not so helpful. Their skin is full of insoluble fiber – that’s the part of them you can’t digest. Insoluble fiber acts like a broom sweeping out your intestines, which is hard for the sensitive IBS digestive system to cope with, especially if you’re prone to diarrhea.

So to avoid causing irritable bowel pain, the big secret to apples is: PEEL them before eating. And if you still have trouble, cooking will break down the fiber even further, making your apples easier to digest. (Applesauce, anyone?)

Of course, apples alone are not enough to control your symptoms because IBS is a complex condition. But there are answers that work.

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  1. Melanie

This has been a priceless piece of advice for me! I used to always eat a whole apple (with skin) before bed because I knew that the apple seemed to help me have a BM in the morning. But that was so undependable. I have since switched to...

This has been a priceless piece of advice for me! I used to always eat a whole apple (with skin) before bed because I knew that the apple seemed to help me have a BM in the morning. But that was so undependable. I have since switched to applesauce with a dash of cinammon thrown in at night and voila! Works great!

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  1. babs

nice to learn more about what to do for this miserable IBS-------and it's apple season here!!

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  1. Cheryl

I cant seem to eat apple whether cooked, peeled or not. It's like they ferment in my stomach and the outcome is not pleasant. Any ideas on this ???

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  1. Karen of No IBS

Hi Cheryl,
There are several possibilities. You might be allergic to apples or have an intolerance to them. Are you eating them with other foods or alone? Fruit often digests better if you eat...

Hi Cheryl,
There are several possibilities. You might be allergic to apples or have an intolerance to them. Are you eating them with other foods or alone? Fruit often digests better if you eat it by itself 30 minutes before or 2 hours after other foods. Eating fruit with starchy foods can cause problems and is considered poor food combining. If you have a candida overgrowth, the apples may be a trigger for the yeast (because of the fruit sugar. Also the apple peel sometimes is slightly mouldy) which will contribute to digestive problems. You might be sensitive to fructose. You could google the FODMAP diet and see if that information applies to you.

Hope that helps!

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  1. manraygun

Fiber, both types, are not unique to apples. Apples are a fruit with a very high fructose to sucrose ratio. If you have a problem with fructose you will suffer with apples. Look up FODMAP diet for more info on types of carbs that cause ibs distress.

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  1. George

Apples,
I used to have severe acid reflux .It was so bad that I had to prop my head up every night.Sometimes the taste was so bitter,it seems like my tounge was soaked in acid.It got to the...

Apples,
I used to have severe acid reflux .It was so bad that I had to prop my head up every night.Sometimes the taste was so bitter,it seems like my tounge was soaked in acid.It got to the stage where I was having severe and constant sore throat. I tried just about everything ,until I heard about Red delicious apples.I started eating one smsll red delicious apple every night (just before bedtime)with the skin,because its in the skin the real effect lies.I,m happy to say it worked well for me.its been a while now since I had acid reflux bothering me at nights.

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  1. BRONDA UK

This is a great piece of advice!
I am managing my IBS very well now, by eliminating the triggers (In my case MILK and all MILK PRODUCTS!!)
...

This is a great piece of advice!
I am managing my IBS very well now, by eliminating the triggers (In my case MILK and all MILK PRODUCTS!!)
I have found apples (peeled) a great digestive calmer and they really do help if I have day when my IBS flares up a bit!!
I had a rogue and naughty chocolate digestive biscuit 2 weeks ago and guess what...within hours back came the tummy ache & diarrhoea....it was APPLE that calmed and helped
Love
Bronda UK

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  1. Toni

Nice to Lear more about ibs

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  1. Karen of No IBS

This is a great piece of advice!
I am managing my IBS very well now, by eliminating the triggers (In my case MILK and all MILK PRODUCTS!!)
...

This is a great piece of advice!
I am managing my IBS very well now, by eliminating the triggers (In my case MILK and all MILK PRODUCTS!!)
I have found apples (peeled) a great digestive calmer and they really do help if I have day when my IBS flares up a bit!!
I had a rogue and naughty chocolate digestive biscuit 2 weeks ago and guess what...within hours back came the tummy ache & diarrhoea....it was APPLE that calmed and helped
Love
Bronda UK


Hi Bronda,
Interesting that they're called "digestive biscuits", isn't it? Maybe they should be renamed "indigestive biscuits"!
Thanks for your comment. Glad to hear that apples help with your IBS symptoms and that you're doing well!

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  1. Nancy

Peeled or not, I can' eat apples. Of course, it could very well be my post-menopausal body that is causing my IBS flare-ups. Very frustrating!

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