We can tell you it’s not a Fad, it is a style of diet that many people need to follow to feel better, the FODMAP diet helps find relief.
Here’s some history…
In the late 1990’s Monash University researchers including leading Coeliac and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) expert, Dr Sue Shepherd coined the term FODMAP when they discovered specific triggers that can cause IBS symptoms.
IBS is the most common digestive problem in the world, with 1 in 7 Australians suffering from the condition. IBS is a functional gastrointestinal issue, wherein the bowel appears healthy but does not function properly.
FODMAP is an acronym for the molecule names (Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, Polyols) of certain foods. Put simply, these food molecules are poorly absorbed in the small intestine of the digestive tract of some people. As these molecules travel through the digestive tract, they become a food source for the bacteria living in the large intestine. The bacteria then digest and ‘ferment’ the molecules causing IBS symptoms including; bloating, stomach pain, excess flatulence, bowel movement changes and other gastrointestinal upsets.
The problem foods that need to be controlled, but not necessarily eliminated are…
Fructose: Honey, Apples, Mango, Pear, Watermelon, High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Fructans: Artichokes (Globe), Artichokes (Jerusalem), Garlic (in large amounts), Leek, Onion (brown, white, Spanish, onion powder), Spring Onion (white part), Shallots, Wheat, Rye, Barley (in large amounts), Inulin, Fructo-oligosaccharides.
Lactose: Milk, Ice cream, Custard, Dairy Desserts, Condensed and Evaporated Milk, Milk Powder, Yoghurt, Soft Unripened Cheeses (e.g. Ricotta, Cottage, Cream, Mascarpone).
Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS): Legume Beans (e.g. Baked Beans, Kidney Beans, Bortolotti Beans), Lentils, Chickpeas.
Polyols: Apples, Apricots, Nectarines, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Mushrooms, sorbitol (420), mannitol (421), xylitol (967), maltitol (965) and isomalt (953).
What the experts say
Although the low FODMAP diet is a known antidote to IBS, dieticians advise against people undertaking a low FODMAP diet without strict supervision by a qualified Dietician specialising in the condition.
Further information about FODMAP and IBS can be found at Dr Sue Shepperd’s website www.shepherdworks.com.au . Or if you have concerns about your gastrointestinal health, please see your General Practitioner.
Our Kitchen is always open for our fellow FODMAPpers
In our kitchen, we believe no one should miss out on that little bit of snacking indulgence so we have a number of FODMAP Friendly Approved products for you, a family member or friend to enjoy.