With all the rain we are having in the Boston area, a nice cup of warm something sounds pretty relaxing.
But, ingredients in a warm cup of relaxing and soothing tea, can make a difference for those with IBS or FODMAP sensitivities!
Tea, coffee and cocoa are some of the recent products tested by Monash University. And the testing resulted in a few surprises!Most of the teas tested had polyols, fructans and GOS. But some had low enough amounts to be deemed low FODMAP.
The lowest FODMAP tea options include:
- Peppermint tea
- Green tea
- White tea
- Black tea
HIGH FODMAP teas:
- Fennel tea
- Chamomile tea
With the total FODMAP cut off per meal being 0.5 gram, Chamomile tea hit the o.8 g mark in one serving of tea and Fennel had a bit more!
Dandelion and Chai tea were under the 0.5 gram mark but a bit higher than the lowest FODMAP options.
Oolong tea was in the moderate to high zone, so perhaps a 1/2 cup of this tea might be okay but would not have a full tea cup.
Instant coffee registered high in FODMAPs (about 1.0 grams per serving…again, the cut off is 0.5 grams) while espresso was low FODMAP (YAY!!) Carob powder registered VERY high FODMAP too. Cocoa powder was high FODMAP Boo!;( in servings > 3 teaspoons.
But of course, listen to your body, tolerance to FODMAPs is individual.
UPDATE: the latest published data from Monash can be found here!