IBS Diet - Hay

One of the oldest diets around would be the Hay diet.It is making something of a recovery at the moment, and has often reappeared over the years.

We have included an article and a definition for you to decide how you feel about the Hay diet.  We have encountered the Hay diet on a number of occasions and many years ago spent time on the diet.

The Hay diet offers clear benefits to IBS sufferers, however reaction  is mixed in regards to how well it delivers.  

The principles of the Hay Diet sound interesting to the average person, however most diets generally sound plausible at first but does it work ?

Diets, like clothes, should be tailored to you.
Joan Rivers

Diet for IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The Hay Diet - Our View

The Hay Diet sounds good, in fact in many ways it sounds even better for IBS than the low FODMAP diet.  There is a catch though, this diet has been around for nearly a century.  If it worked for IBS surely by now this diet would have been adopted en masse ?

This is not a new thing, it is not a new discovery and it asks us to believe that the pancreas secretes enzymes differently according to our meals.  Evidence suggests that is not the case, but the Hay diet does not deserve to be entirely written off.  While it may be true that if it worked for IBS we’d all be doing it, the other side of that coin is that it has endured while thousands of ‘diets’ have come and gone.

This appears to be a diet that works for some, and if it works for you then unlike some diets there is little harm in it. Fundamentally it encourages healthy eating, and three meals a day.  It does not propose potentially dangerous eating practices as with some of the diets out there.  We believe that there are major flaws in this diet, however we know that there are many out there who are evangelical about the Hay diet and have felt tremendous benefit from it.  While we do not see that it improves upon the low FODMAP diet, if that has not worked for you then you may wish to give this one a try.






Hay Diet Definition

The Hay Diet is a nutrition method developed by the New York physician William Howard Hay in the 1920s. It claims to work by separating food into three groups: alkaline, acidic, and neutral. (Hay's use of these terms does not completely conform to the scientific use, i.e., the pH of the foods.) Acid foods are not combined with the alkaline ones. Acidic foods are protein rich, such as meat, fish, dairy, etc. Alkaline foods are carbohydrate rich, such as rice, grains and potatoes. It is also known as the food combining diet.

In 1935, Stewart Baxter showed that the pancreas secretes digestion enzymes simultaneously regardless of whether the food eaten is carbohydrates or protein.[3] The theory that carbohydrate and protein rich foods should be eaten separately is considered "unfounded" because it ignores the fact that carbohydrate rich foods all contain significant amounts of protein. Eating protein separately from carbohydrates also tends to cause the body to burn the protein as an energy source rather than to build muscle

IBS Diet - The Revolution

Can  the  Hay Diet help IBS ?  Exert from Newspaper article:

In the Hay Diet framework, food is also grouped into two further categories - alkaline and acidic.

This is to ensure that ones diet is not too acidic as this is believed to be the cause of health complications such as acid indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  High acidic foods they advise avoided are cranberries, white flour and cheese, which should be replaced by low acidic foods such as spinach, plums and eggs.

Foods high in alkaline are lemons, asparagus and mangoes, with bananas, tomatoes and peas being a better option. The diet is also known to have greatly benefitted followers suffering with serious health complications such as allergies, arthritis and diabetes.