Dealing with digestive issues? We take a look at the FODMAP diet
FOR PEOPLE WITH DIGESTIVE ISSUES, FOLLOWING A LOW FODMAP DIET CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. WE SHARE THE BASICS OF THE DIET – PLUS RECIPES TO TRY
While FODMAP might look like a strange nonsensical word to some, it’s six letters that can make a huge difference to those with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive issues.
Known to nutritionists as Fermentable, Oligo-saccharides, Disaccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols, the term FODMAP covers a wide-ranging group of short-chain carbohydrates that can cause gastro problems for some people. But sticking to low FODMAP foods can help to manage the symptoms.
How FODMAPS can affect the body
When foods in the FODMAP category are not absorbed by the body, it can cause a range of uncomfortable side effects including diarrhoea, constipation, excess gas, bloating and stomach pain. For some people, these symptoms can be severe and debilitating, but as everyone is unique and reacts to different foods in different ways, it can be hard to pinpoint the culprit. A process of elimination and reintroduction of certain foods can be a good starting point to determine the cause. Extensive research from Melbourne’s Monash University led to the creation of the LOW-FODMAP diet, which has proven effective for many sufferers of IBS.
It can make a huge difference to those with irritable bowel syndrome