Happy Tuesday and Hello FODMAPers!
The food database for FODMAPs continues to grow thanks to Monash University researcher’s hard work. Spaghetti squash and chestnuts get the green light. Watching the low FODMAP grow-up has been exciting! I have been following the updates on the low FODMAP diet since 2009. And, yes, the diet is evolving. If you are new to the diet, you will find numerous out-dated food lists online. Dietary analysis of FODMAP content is an ongoing process, so be sure you are retrieving the most up-to-date information! It can be frustrating and confusing at times as different lists show different information.
Monash shared one of my favorite spaghetti squash recipes when they provided their update on their food analysis. How cool is that?! If you are a spaghetti squash fan, do check this recipe out!
On other low FODMAP notes, I am still reviewing the study abstracts provided at DDW, (digestive disease week conference) and found an interesting Italian study looking at the low FODMAP diet and rifaximin (antibiotic) in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) patients. This study looked at the benefit of treating SIBO with rifaximin and the low FODMAP diet or rifaximin and normal diet or low FODMAP with placebo (not an antibiotic). Findings: After 12 days, the low FODMAP and rifaximin group AND the normal diet and rifaximin group had significant improvements with bloating and abdominal distention, but the placebo + low FODMAP diet noted only slight improvement in symptoms. Researchers summarized this study saying that patients with IBS and SIBO seem to benefit best from combo approach of low FODMAP diet and antibiotic therapy. For those interested, I do have a $10 e-booklet with my thoughts on SIBO based on my clinical observations and hours of research I have spent learning more about this condition, found here. There is no consensus or evidenced based therapy on how to treat SIBO from dietary standpoint…yet. But, I have find the low FODMAP as this study notes, offers the best relief along with antibiotics without OVER-restricting the diet.
GIVE-A-WAY!! Today, I want to give you the opportunity to win a 6 pack of one of my favorite crackers. Crunchmaster reached out offering a give-a-way for my blog…and of course, I say, YEEEEEES, thank you! Crunchmaster 7 Ancient Grain crackers have not been tested for FODMAP content YET! Brand name testing of foods is coming…but it will be a while before we have a full database of this information! Companies, of course, can inquire with Monash University to learn more here. But, these Crunchmaster 7 Ancient Grain crackers are gluten free and primary made of brown rice and potato starch with a smattering of healthy ingredients such as quinoa seeds, sesame seeds, millet and flax. I tolerate these crackers and really enjoy the taste! Want a win a 6-pack? Well, then leave a comment and say, “YES, I want the crackers!” And you will be entered to win!
Have a great week!