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Think a plant-based diet is best for your gut? Think again


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by Barbara Ryan
05th Nov 2021

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Exclusively plant-based diets, in particular vegan diets, often worsen the symptoms of IBS, writes expert gastroenterologist Barbara Ryan (@Thegutexperts).

I do not wish to get into a moral discussion about the rights or wrongs of eating animal produce, or to offend people who have strong ethical convictions against the consumption of animal products. I am speaking as a gastroenterologist, of 25 years experience. If you have a gut problem such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), then vegan diets can prove very problematic, vegetarian diets less so. Evidence also shows that vegan diets are not...

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