Those suffering from IBS know that the symptoms can be significantly affected by their daily diet. Dealing with this condition can be done in several different ways, but changes in what we eat may be the most impactful way. The reason for this is that only diet can influence symptoms that can vary in nature, from constipation to cramps and pains. Honey has long been touted as one beneficial food, although there is no science to support this claim. Some scientists point out that fructose, which is abundant in honey, may actually may the condition become worse.
- One study on mice found that honey alleviates constipation, but research on humans is needed.
- Manuka honey may have antimicrobial properties, though most research is on skin infections, not digestive issues.
- However, manuka honey contains methylglyoxal, a compound that has been shown to worsen symptoms of IBS.
“Still, you may wonder whether it helps reduce — or worsens — any IBS symptoms.”