Is Corn low FODMAP and good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Last Updated on October 4, 2023 by Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

IBS is a chronic disorder that does not cause death. But if it happens to a human being, it never leaves the patient for his normal life. Its symptoms include gas, indigestion, diarrhea, cramps, constipation, cramping in the intestines, and pain in the colon. It has many types, but IBS-C and IBS-D are more common.


IBS-C is a condition in which the patient is constantly constipated and has to face extreme discomfort in the washroom.


IBS-D is a condition in which the patient experiences diarrhea and inflammation of the intestines and stomach.

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What is Corn?

Maize is a plant of family Poaceae with a grain on top. It is grown all over the world. Its grain is used as food. It contains a lot of starch. This grain belongs to a diet that contains less carbohydrate sugars and belongs to the Low FODMAP (foods that contain less sugar that are absorbed by the gut)

IBS and Maize/ Corn

If we talk about IBS, then IBS is a disorder in which the patient is restless and has to face difficulties in living. Its changing symptoms can also make the patient mentally ill.

Corn is a food that is low in sweet sugar. If a patient with IBS consumes corn flour and popcorn, the patient does not experience problems and the symptoms of IBS. On the other hand, If a patient with IBS consumes products made from corn, such as popcorn, in large quantities, the patient will develop symptoms of IBS.

Apart from this, if the IBS patient eats corn boiled and cooked with a lot of spicy spices, the patient may get diarrhea and if he eats too much, he may also get lose feces. If a patient with IBS eats corn raw, they may become constipated.

The best way to eat it is that if an IBS patient wants to eat corn, he should cook it well and not use any spices. 

IBS-C and Maize

If a normal person consumes too much undercooked or uncooked corn, he also faces gastrointestinal problems. IBS-C is a condition in which the patient is constantly constipated and has to face a lot of discomfort in the washroom. If IBS-C patient eats undercooked corn, his discomfort may increase. He should use corn flour and if he wants to eat corn and try to eat less this grain.

IBS-D and Corn/ Maize

IBS-D is a condition in which the patient gets diarrhea and therefore the patient may also have inflammation of the intestines. Now a patient who has diarrhea and eats corn in large quantities can go into emergency. Hence the IBS-D patients should minimize the consumption of corn and it is more beneficial if they use corn flour.

Corn flour is rich in nutrients and strengthens the digestive system. Bread made from corn flour is very popular in Asia. In the rest of the world, corn flour is also used in a variety of foods.

Pop corn

Desirable food for children as well as adults. It contains a large amount of fiber which is considered to be beneficial for the digestive system.

How to use corn flour in IBS

As far as IBS is concerned, diet has to be used very wisely. It is important to avoid foods that cause anxiety due to the symptoms of IBS. Bread made from corn flour, if used in IBS, has significant benefits. It can lower down the symptoms of IBS.

Cornbread with yogurt in IBS

If IBS patients eat breakfast with cornbread and yogurt in the morning, their symptoms of IBS will be minimal. By doing this, stomach problems like gas etc. are less visible.

Yogurt contains probiotics which are beneficial for the digestive system. Similarly, the fiber in corn also softens the food. The patient has minimal symptoms of IBS and has a very pleasant day.

Here one thing is more important that, you can find benefits from corn flour bread and yogurt only when you eat both at a time and in breakfast. Otherwise, you can got symptoms of IBS by eating corn and yogurt.

What should be done if symptoms of IBS appear after eating corn/ Maize?

  1. If constipation is caused by eating too much corn, the patient should drink more water.
  2. If diarrhea occurs, Oral Rehydration Salts ORS should be used.
  3. If there is gas and indigestion from food, then warm bottle should be used.
  4. Tea should be used which is made from Fennel, cinnamon, cardamom.
  5. If the symptoms still do not decrease, then the medicine recommended by the doctor should be used.

Reviewed By:

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

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