Clients ask me all the time about what gum or breath mints to choose while on the low FODMAP diet so I thought this might be a good Tuesday Tip post.
I certainly don’t want your dentist running after me… so just be fair warned that mints and gum made with sugar are not the best for your dental health. Be sure to brush your teeth often and not go over board with sugar-y treats.
What makes a suitable low FODMAP gum or mint? I tend to go with a product sweetened with sugar and dextrose (glucose) and as little as possible of other ingredients.
You definitely want to avoid sugar alcohol sweetened gum and mints full of mannitol and sorbitol–two FODMAP polyol sources. And of course, avoid high fructose corn syrup too.
Here’s a few examples that appear suitable to me:Not all Altoids products are suitable for the low FODMAP diet (some contain sugar alcohols)–but the items shown above looks a-okay to me. It’s funny though –on the back side of the package of Altoids it says, “So go ahead and load up on the onions and garlic…you’re covered”. Uh hem…maybe not!