FODMAP

What is a low FODMAP diet and can it help you?

 

If you often suffer from bloating, tummy discomfort or pain and digestive issues, you may have an intolerance to carbohydrates found in many common foods known as FODMAPs.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS), is diagnosed when there are ongoing gastrointestinal symptoms and other causes (such as Crohn’s Disease or Coeliac Disease) are ruled out. Gluten and dairy were often blamed as the culprits, but eliminating these foods might not completely resolve the issues. Recent research has found that a group of sugars known as “FODMAPs” may be a major contributor to symptoms.

FODMAPs are an acronym, which refers to

Fermentable

Oligosaccharides

Disaccharides

Monosaccharides

And

Polyols

FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates which are fermented by the bacteria in the large intestine during the normal, healthy digestive process. This fermentation produces gas, which can lead to wind, bloating, discomfort, and altered bowel movements. It’s thought that those with IBS may produce a greater amount of gas, or may be more sensitive to the gas that’s produced leading to more severe symptoms that can get in the way of daily life.

A low FODMAP diet can significantly improve gut issues and help identify individual trigger foods through a period of elimination and food challenges. This is best undertaken with the help of a dietitian because there are many factors that can impact on symptoms.

If you would like to know more about the low FODMAP diet and the difference that it can make in your life, come along to my workshop at Kiah on Tuesday 12th September at 6:30pm. The workshop is free, however spaces are limited so make sure you call or visit us in-store to reserve your spot.

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