Lowdown on Low FODMAP

Lowdown on Low FODMAP

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably seen the term “low FODMAP”. “What the heck is that?,” you mentally ask. It is essentially a diet for people with IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders.

FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-,Mono-saccharides And Polyols. According to Wikipedia, FODMAP occurs naturally in food. They are a short chain of carbohydrates that aren’t easily absorbed in the small intestine.

Oligosaccharides includes food such as wheat, rye, and onions. Disaccharides include milk, cheese, and yogurt. Monosaccharides are foods with fructose like mangoes, cherries and honey. Polyols includes low calorie sweeteners, apple juice, and fruits such as apples, blackberries, and plums.

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Live look at Nikki in the grocery store

The low FODMAP Diet was developed by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

In Nikki’s case, when she was diagnosed with IBS, she was put on medication. She wasn’t able to eat dairy, mayonnaise based dishes such as pasta or potato salad or raw vegetables. Several years after her diagnosis, she was told to cut out gluten, dairy, and soy completely. This is when she was put on a low FODMAP diet. She was given a list of high FODMAP foods (foods that trigger symptoms) and low FODMAP food (foods that she can have). As she began implementing the low FODMAP diet, she discovered other foods that triggered her not on the list. She still is unable to eat dairy but, can eat certain types of salad based foods & certain raw vegetables (she is also still gluten- and soy-free).

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Nikki, every time she goes to a restaurant

Eating high FODMAP foods can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, gas pains, bloating, nausea, heartburn, and indigestion. You can understand why you’d want to skip these foods and beverages. Nikki had to give up a lot of things she loved, but the pain isn’t worth it.

This is Monash Univeristy’s list of high and low FODMAP foods and beverages.

High FODMAP and Low FODMAP
This list will help you manage what you can and can’t eat on a low FODMAP diet

According to Monash University, the diet begins with high restrictions and then moves to relaxed diet where foods can be reintroduced gradually.

For Nikki, she has not been able to reintroduce these foods and beverages back into her diet as they still cause symptoms.

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This is accurate for Nikki on vacation

All of the recipes that are posted on GFS are low FODMAP. It can be a lot to know what you can and can’t consume. Here are a few recipes that you might enjoy: pancakeslasagnapizzapumpkin cupcakes, and nice cream.

Here are some helpful food guides: yogurt alternativesbreakfast foodssnacks, and even Halloween candy.

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Disclaimer: if you think you can benefit from a low FODMAP diet, do not start it without consulting your physician.

31 thoughts on “Lowdown on Low FODMAP

  1. Thanks for enlightening us! Sometimes these jargons may be difficulty to understand but I like how you have explained this terminology.

  2. I think it’s great that you highlight issues that people who are dealing with food allergies, have to deal with on a daily basis! We have some friends who are sensitive to certain foods, and I’ve referred them to your blog!

    • Thank you, Sara! Sometimes, you really have no idea until you or someone you know experiences. We’ve learned so much that we never really even thought about before my sister had to make these changes. Thank you so much for referring your friends!

  3. Being a vegetarian who sometimes eats vegan, I know all too well how hard it is sometimes finding things we can eat while dining out or simply being away from home. This list is going to help so many with making better food choices when they’re away from their comfort zones. Being knowledgeable and prepared is much of the battle.

  4. Haha you really do learn something new everyday!!! I’ve always heard this term but never really knew what it ment!

  5. Learning about FODMAP diets and their relevance to gluten sensitive eaters is an educative process for me. I am now better able to appreciate the nature of glucose intolerance and to realize that it is not something to be taken lightly. Learning that high FODMAP foods trigger symptoms and that the glucose intolerant can have low FODMAP foods. Your post has made me a aware person.

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