I live in the U.K. and what I thought was a safe food I have found that white bread is absolutely making my ibs terrible the stomach pain wind and loose stools does anybody else suffer with this what else can I eat for lunch when I have little time and not many facilities at work
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Have you tried spelt bread? I find that's better for me generally. I also gave up yeast and eat "desem" (sourdough) bread (I live in Netherlands), which uses zero yeast & I go to an eco supermarket to get it so zero additives, zero sugars etc You could try making Irish soda bread - with spelt flour (a low fibre one). It takes about 40 mins total & super simple & relaxing to make. BBC website has a recipe, I think but there are heaps out there - good luck.
I have a theory that a lot of us have gut problems because of a lifetime of eating highly processed bread made using the Chorleywood method, which is far quicker than traditional bread, hence its use in commercial bakeries since 1961. My biggest improvement was also to cut out UK wheat entirely. Another potential issue is that glyphosate is often used to dry the wheat prior to harvest. A lot of wheat products have been found to contain glyphosate residues which I believe is also classed as a carcinogen.
Some sufferers find sourdough breads are more digestible
One of the other reasons some uk breads are indigestible is that the dough is mass produced, partially baked & frozen before delivery to supermarkets where it’s rebased fully & sold as fresh baked bread. The ‘double’ baking process turns bread into ‘resistant starch’ which is a considered type of fibre so of course is notoriously indigestible, same goes for ANY twice cooked starry foodstuff eg: reheated rice, pasta, potatoes, muffins, crumpets etc etc.
Fibre-like Resistant starch food stuffs CAN be helpful to patients needing fibre in their diets, but for patients like me who are hypersensitive to food fibre/residue & whose small intestine function is failing/failed, resistant starches can have very bad effects...this link explains the pros & cons of resistant starch:
I am wary of Schar because some of their products are made with Codex wheat starch. This is starch that has,20ppm gluten in it because it has been 'washed', so it can legally be called 'gluten free'. I get a reaction to this.
For a rare treat I sometimes have spelt sourdough loaf from Riverford, but it is expensive.
Waitrose Spelt sourdough bread has been tested by Kings College in London as being low fodmap:
The thing to watch out for in gluten free breads are things like added fruit juices such as apple juice which are going to be high fodmap.
Download the Kings College Food Maestro app to your phone:
This lists a lot of UK supermarket products and tells you whether they are safe on a low fodmap diet - there should be a few safe gluten free breads listed on there.
Unfortunately the key is to bring your own lunch.
I found out by accident (staying with sister-in-law who's coeliac & therefore gluten free) how much better I was when not eating wheat - energy levels better, Ibs d better. I’m also lactose intolerant so don’t have milk or soft cheese anymore.
Also because of ibs I have to be very careful which GF bread I buy, as lots of them have ingredients that upset my digestive system, eg artificial sweeteners
Apologies my reply probably wasn't clear. There is a feature on healthy locked for very useful posts to be "pinned". If you scroll down or look to the right (depending on what phone or computer you use) you should be able to see that section somewhere. For IBSnetwork we currently only have one pinned post, and I think this post merrits adding to the list. That though is the judgement of the administrators, who are "IBSNetwork" (organisers of the charity) who setup and kindly run this forum for us. Anyone: Please correct me and/or add further info here.
I think you do have to ask why more people have IBS symptoms than in the good old days, and there are probably several reasons, and the info in this post might well explain one of them.
Many thanks to all, wishing you well,