Someone close to me has symptoms just like mine frequently when they eat Italian food and often (but not always) fried foods. Granted, that kind of irritation does not meet the clinical Rome criteria for IBS, but obviously those foods are "irritants" to their bowel. Some people don't seem irritated by these kinds of foods at all. Even some of us with IBS can occasionally get away with eating a little of these.Do we (with the clinically diagnosed IBS) essentially just have whatever my friend with the Italian foods problem has but on a greater scale?What mediates things so that occasionally they can get away with the fried foods and other times they aren't so lucky? Can we learn something from that answer which might help us on a daily basis?