What exactly is a low FODMAP diet?

ChemCompound_sqIf you’ve been reading my recipes then you’ve likely seen that some of them are classified as “low FODMAP.”

FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols.  You’ll never need to know that.  What you might want to know is that they are certain types of poorly absorbed carbohydrates that are highly fermentable in the presence of bacteria.

In other words, they can cause uncomfortable gas, bloating and diarrhea in certain people, particularly those with irritable bowel syndrome and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

I have recommended a low FODMAP diet to hundreds of patients over the past few years and have seen it significantly improve symptoms, notably gas and bloating, and quality of life when carried out properly and in the setting of a very healthy diet with a variety of mostly whole foods.

There are a lot of websites and other resources devoted to a low FODMAP diet, but the information is often inconsistent and always changing as new foods are being tested for their FODMAP content.  I highly encourage you to work with a knowledgeable Registered Dietitian before carrying out any sort of an elimination diet.

In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the FODMAPs, obtain FODMAP-friendly recipes and to see if a low-FODMAP diet might help you then I recommend the following websites:

Also, keep reading Desktop Carrot for FODMAP friendly recipes and updates.

 

 

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