Coffee is already dangerous territory when dealing with IBS. I prefer a milky coffee but dairy can be a trigger too. A few months ago, I ordered a coconut milk decaf latte. I honestly thought I was winning at life and FODMAP. Within an hour I was cramping and sprinting to the bathroom. The problem, dear reader, is that while coconut milk is recommended for those suffering from IBS as a milk alternative, it is simultaneously being praised for it’s laxative skills.
According to FODMAP rules:
Milk (coconut with inulin) = BAD
Milk (coconut, canned for cooking) = GOOD
Milk (coconut, long life UHT) = MODERATE
I don’t know about you, but I’m not in the mood to quiz every barista on the source of their coconut milk; not to mention I did actually see my barista use canned milk. It’s also apparently not great for weight loss either, so why bother?
You can make up your own mind, but I’d suggest any experimentation is done near a bathroom. For me, coconut milk is a big no.
I switched to almond milk shortly after this experience, and my body is thanking me for my decision. This is definitely the way forward.
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