Banish your bloat with the low FODMAP diet. The low FODMAP diet is a dietary approach used to minimize symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This diet is effective in managing symptoms for 3 out of 4 individuals with IBS and was designed by Australian researchers at Monash University. I was fortunate to visit the Monash Team in September 2011 and continue to keep in touch and will be collaborating on an upcoming study on food analysis. FODMAP is a acronym…So in short, the F in FODMAPs stands for fermentable or ‘creating gas’, the O stands for Oligosaccharides, water-soluble fibers which are found in wheat, onion, barley, rye and garlic. And please don’t forget chicory root extract (inulin) added to so many foods to boost fiber! The D stands for Disaccharides which is lactose found in milk, yogurt and ice cream. The M stands for monosaccharide or the sugar, fructose, when present in foods in excess of the glucose content–found in some apples, pears, watermelon, honey and agave syrup! And P is for polyols A.K.A sugar alcohols found in peaches, plums, apples, cauliflower and mushrooms and added as artificial sweeteners in sugar free gum, mints and some medications.
Everything you need to know about FODMAPs or just about can be found in this section.
This section provides all sorts of references for you to use while you are beginning your journey on the low FODMAP diet. Items such as the FODMAPs check list
And my very handy low FODMAP shopping list.
Looking for some menu and snack ideas, check out this handout!
But there are SO many other helpful resources in this section for dietitians or individuals that want to learn more about the low FODMAP diet. Just hover over the FODMAP Basics tab to find great information that will help you navigate the low FODMAP diet. But most importantly, please work with a dietitian knowledgeable in the low FODMAP diet to ensure you are following it correctly and meeting your nutritional needs.