Candies and their Impact on Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Last Updated on March 5, 2024 by Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Sweets are an important part of everyone’s diet. Sweet food is liked by many people, it is a favorite among children specially. Eating sweet things also has many benefits, such as providing energy and best taste.

When it comes to candies, they are made in different ways and come in various types, such as soft candies, milk candies, sour candies, sweet candies, chocolate candies, mint candies, etc.

There are many types that have their advantages. Some candies are known to relieve gas and indigestion.

However, there are a few types of candies that are high in fructose and lactose, which can cause stomach problems for some people. If a person consumes chocolate candies in large quantities, they may suffer from heartburn and gas. Candies that are high in sugar are high on the glycemic index, which can cause damage to the stomach.[1]doc-gerd_infographic_final.pdf (asge.org)

Candies and Digestive Woes

Consuming candies excessively, particularly those rich in sugar, can lead to heartburn and gastric discomfort. Individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) face additional complexities, as certain candies may trigger symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, or constipation.

IBS: A Life-Altering Condition

IBS, a chronic condition, casts a shadow over the lives of those affected. The symptoms, ranging from person to person, necessitate varied coping mechanisms. IBS has many symptoms like constipation, Diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas etc. For Detailed and comprehensive information about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Click Here    

IBS and Candies

For individuals with IBS, managing symptoms is paramount for improving daily life quality. Symptoms can vary greatly among patients, prompting them to employ various strategies for relief.

Various types of candies exist, each made by blending different ingredients, but sugar is a common component across all varieties. Peppermint candies, in particular, have been found to alleviate IBS symptoms and are highly beneficial for patients. However, consuming candies containing chocolate, sugar, caffeine, and artificial colors may trigger or exacerbate IBS symptoms in affected individuals.

For IBS-D patients, consuming sour candies may lead to symptoms such as heartburn and indigestion, compounded by the high levels of fructose, a type of sugar found in candies, which should be avoided by those with IBS.

If an individual with IBS desires to consume candies, it is advisable to opt for candies made with  chocolate and high sugar content. Additionally, it’s crucial for IBS patients to consume candies after meals.

Best Practices for IBS Patients

For those with IBS, enjoying candies requires a strategic approach:

  • Always consume candies after meals to minimize adverse effects.
  • Employ specific remedies if IBS symptoms manifest after candy consumption.
  • If diarrhea occurs, consider using a suppository.
  • For gas and indigestion, opt for soothing remedies like ice cream or Fennel, cinnamon, cardamom tea.
  • Stay hydrated with cold water in case of gas.
  • If symptoms persist, seek professional medical advice promptly.

Candies can add sweetness to life, IBS patients must navigate their choices wisely. With careful consideration and post-indulgence strategies, individuals with IBS can enjoy a treat without compromising their well-being.

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  • Dr. Muhammad Zubair Chaudhary
  • Syeda Noor-ul-Ain Naqvi

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