What is all this FODMAP?

Do you experience symptoms of IBS? That is abdominal pain, altered bowel habits, bloating and flatulence that can occur on most or every day of the week over at least several months. According to the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University, you might benefit from a Low FODMAP Diet™.   

What is a FODMAP?

A FODMAP is not one thing but rather a collection of sugars that the body doesn’t absorb properly in the gut, which can cause symptoms in people with IBS. 

The University of Monash lists five types of FODMAPS on their website. However, it is keen to note that not all FODMAP types will impact everyone. A person may be susceptible to the symptoms triggered by one or more of the FODMAPs. 

What is a Low FODMAP Diet™? 

The Low FODMAP Diet ™ is a diet developed by the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University that aims to help persons with IBS find some relief. This diet is not a cure for IBS but is considered one of the most effective IBS treatments. 

This diet is a three-step process: the diet itself, reintroducing FODMAPs and personalising FODMAPs to your specific intolerance. 

To help you along your Low FODMAP Diet ™  Monash University also has an app that functions as:

  1. An easy guide to which foods are low and high in FODMAPs
  2. Over 80 delicious low FODMAP recipes
  3. A digital version of the FODMAP Diet Guide booklet

Should you be following a FODMAP diet?

Although there is no harm being more aware of what you eat, it’s best to speak to a nutritionist or your family GP if you believe you would benefit from a FODMAP diet.

Don’t forget that many insurance plans cover a visit to the nutritionist, so be sure to double check with your health insurer.

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