So you’ve completed steps 1, 2, AND have found a dietitian…
What is the FODMAP diet and is it something I should try?
There is some controversy around low-FODMAP diets however there has been a lot for research into and its ability to help manage the symptoms of IBS.
FODMAP stands for:
– Monosaccharides and
Which are all just fancy words for different kinds of carbohydrates.
So this is what you need to know…..
Our FODMAPs are foods that contain what we call short chain carbohydrates. This means they are only found in our fruits, veggies, grains and dairy foods and any by-products of these foods. Therefore, you won’t ever find FODMAPs in unprocessed meats, eggs, fats or oils.
For some people different types or all types of FODMAPs are not able to be properly digested by the gut and can result in a host of uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation.
If you have another gut disorder such as coeliac disease, have had a stressful event which coincided with gastrointestinal symptoms or have had a bout of food poisoning or trauma to the gut e.g. gastritis, this could have triggered the onset of IBS and the need to try a FODMAP diet.
The diet consists of a full or modified elimination phase (depending on your dietitians assessment of what would be best for you) of the FODMAP foods and once symptoms have resolved, you then go through a guided and systematic challenge phase to figure out the symptom-triggering foods. Eventually all FODMAPs should be reintroduced into the diet to varying degrees, depending on individual symptoms, allowing you to enjoy all foods again without symptoms allowing for a nutritional balanced diet again
If done correctly, the diets whole process should be completed within about 2 -3 months depending on the severity of symptoms and number of trigger foods.
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