Food products have variously been reported as causing, perpetuating or treating irritable bowel syndrome. The evidence for this is reviewed with regard to recent studies investigating symptom reporting, mono- and disaccharide malabsorption and probiotics. The development of objective measures remains an urgent priority because of the high placebo response to any dietary intervention in irritable bowel syndrome.
Division of Gastroenterology, University Hospital, Nottingham, UK
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