Can I eat mushrooms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Last Updated on November 29, 2023 by Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

What are mushrooms?

Mushrooms are edible fungi. It is found all over the world. It is also cooked and used as curries and salads. It has no particular taste. It will either taste salty or earthy. Mushrooms are a high FODMAP food.

There are many types of mushrooms. Many mushrooms are poisonous. If a person eats them, his health will deteriorate. While there are some that can cause death to a person by eating them. [1]0. lomo 2-2012:lomo 3/09 (isciii.es)

Benefits

Mushrooms contain copper, potassium, vitamins, proteins and antioxidants, so by eating mushrooms, a person gets health benefits. People should eat mushrooms, but caution is also necessary.[2]Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Mushrooms – Mushrooms as Functional Foods – Wiley Online Library

Mushrooms contain fibers that are good for diabetes and gas patients. In addition, mushrooms are antioxidants (chemicals that help flush out toxins from the body). They are low in calories and are beneficial in weight loss.[3]Edible Mushrooms: A Comprehensive Review on Bioactive Compounds with Health Benefits and Processing Aspects (ipv.pt)

IBS and mushrooms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a neuro-gastrointestinal disorder in which patient feels abdominal discomfort, gas, cramping, etc. and patent cannot spent his life in normal way. IBS is not life threatening but it is much problematic for victims. For IBS details Click Here.

Mushrooms have many benefits. But some types are not suitable for IBS patients, because they are high FODMAP, which causes gas and gas is one of the symptoms of IBS.

Because of this, the patient experiences constant indigestion, gas, and discomfort, and the symptoms of IBS appear more than their normal routine. Therefore, the patient should not eat mushrooms. All types of mushrooms have a high FODMAP food. But oyster mushrooms, which have a good taste, are a low FODMAP food and if consumed by an IBS patient, there is no problem.

What should the patient do if the symptoms of IBS appear after eating mushrooms?

If IBS patient face symptoms due to consumption of Mushrooms, than he/she could adjust him/herself by adopting following methods.

1. If the patient has gas, he/she can use hot bottle for release gas.
2. If there is burning sensations, drink cold water.
3. If the symptoms do not decrease, use the medicine prescribed by the doctor.

Written By:

  • Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Reviewed By:

  • Dr. Muhammad Khan Malik
  • Syeda Noor-ul-Ain Naqvi

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