When the trig­ger is … DIET

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

If you’ve al­ready made the sim­ple life­style changes listed on the pre­vi­ous page but your symp­toms per­sist, then your GP may sug­gest you trial a low-FODMAP diet, with the guid­ance of a di­eti­tian.

The name FODMAP is sim­ply an acro­nym for a group of car­bo­hy­drates (see far right) that have been shown to bring on IBS symp­toms in some peo­ple.

Foods high in FODMAPs in­clude wheat, some pulses, milk, and even cer­tain fruits and veg­eta­bles. Al­co­hol, fizzy drinks, fatty foods, caf­feine and pro­cessed ready-made meals are also high in FODMAPs.

To find your food trig­gers, you’ll need to fol­low a strict elim­i­na­tion diet for four to eight weeks where all FODMAPs are ex­cluded. But this isn’t a life-long diet. Af­ter eight weeks, foods are then rein­tro­duced sys­tem­at­i­cally to find out which, if any, are caus­ing your symp­toms. It’s very im­por­tant that this is done un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a di­eti­tian, or you risk miss­ing

out on vi­tal nu­tri­ents.

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