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

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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

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