You may say, what the heck are FODMAPs? And I would tell you ALL about FODMAPs, in fact, I would tell you more than you may want to hear. You see, FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates and fibers found in many common healthy foods such as watermelon, onions, garlic, wheat, apples and pears to name a few foods and FODMAPs are not tolerated by many people with a sensitive gastrointestinal tract. FODMAPs is an acronym for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols. (Is that too much information?)
I am fascinated with FODMAPs. I have learned so much about these troublesome sugars and fibers but always want to learn more. Why you may ask? Seventeen years ago, while pregnant, I had a healthcare complication that required two-thirds of my small intestine to be removed to save my life and the life of my growing baby boy. As you can imagine, my life and my gastrointestinal tract has never been the same! The silver lining of this horrendous surgery was that I am a registered dietitian and I was fortunate to know what, when and how much to eat to make my body heal and feel its best.
After my surgery, my interest in digestive health grew and I stumbled upon some very compelling research out of Australia. A group of researchers from Monash University near Melbourne, Australia, had developed a novel diet which they coined the “FODMAPs” approach. They determined that certain sugars and fibers cause uncomfortable symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea for many individuals who have a very common condition called irritable bowel syndrome. (IBS). Since I have learned about this diet approach to help manage IBS, I have in turn helped countless clients feel so much better! It’s been truly amazing.
Next month, in just about a week, on September 2, the Monash University researchers are presenting a conference for dietitians. I am beyond thrilled because I will be one of the dietitians in the audience! Yes, I am heading to Australia to learn the LATEST research! Because the diet is a bit complex and the research and food analysis is tedious and ongoing, I am sure the researchers will presents some new and exciting information. For more info on FODMAPs-check out my FODMAPs tab on this blog which contains grocery shopping lists, check lists, menu planning, digestive health articles and more! My book ,The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well with IBS provides an introduction to FODMAPs and many FODMAP-friendly recipes.
So Mates, I am off to Australia! Catch up soon.