What's in Your Cup?
IBS: Drinks to Stay Away From
IBS: What to Drink
After eliminating the big offenders, it may seem like there’s nothing left to drink. Not so. Take a look at all of the beverages on the thumbs up list.
Fruit juices. It’s perfectly appropriate to drink juices made from cranberries, bananas, grapefruits, lemons, grapes, and pineapples as long as they don’t contain corn syrup. It’s best when the juice is made fresh from organic fruits without added sugar, Solomon says. But if you do want to sweeten it up, choose a small amount of white sugar or the sweeteners Stevia or Splenda if you can tolerate them. (Those sweeteners bring on IBS symptoms for some people, but are safe for most, she said.)
Vegetable juices. There are several vegetables that are low in FODMAPs that are perfect for juicing. Make a tasty juice using carrots, celery, chives, broccoli, cucumber, ginger, parsley, pumpkin, spinach, the green part of scallions, tomatoes, zucchini, yams, turnips, taro, squash, and eggplant. (Eggplant and squash cause problems for some people with IBS, so skip those if that’s the case for you.)
Decaffeinated coffee, decaf tea, or weak caffeinated tea. Choosing decaf coffee or tea shouldn’t be a problem, Solomon says. Or try caffeinated tea but make it weak.
Herbal tea. Herbal tea doesn’t contain caffeine and is a great choice hot or iced.
Ginger drinks. Ginger teas, punches, or beers are on the safe list as long as they don’t contain high fructose corn syrup, honey, or other sweeteners on the high FODMAP list.
Dairy-free milk. Rice milk, soy milk, oat milk, and lactose-free milk are all low in FODMAPs.
Paying attention to how your body responds to different drinks is most important. If you know something bothers you, take it out of your diet. But if you can tolerate drinks that are on the restricted list, it’s okay to enjoy them.