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Low Fodmap diet- What is it?

Posted by Nutrition Professionals Australia on 11 September 2014
Low Fodmap diet- What is it?

 Have you been advised to go on a low Fodmap diet?

Are you confused about what to eat?

Fodmap stands for Fructose Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Aren't you glad you know that now!

These are natural sugars that are found in the food we eat. Some people do not digest and absorb all of these sugars, meaning that they pass into the large bowel where they are fermented by the natural bacteria. This can cause bloating, wind, discomfort and diarrhoea or constipation- all of the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you have these symptoms it is important to see your GP to rule out coeliac disease or other bowel disorders. Once you are given the go- ahead you may find relief from symptoms by trialling a low Fodmap diet.

A low Fodmap diet limits a number of foods in the diet:

  • Fructose- found in apples, pears and stone fruits
  • Fructans- found in wheat and onions
  • Polyols found in a number of fruits and vegetables
  • Lactose- the natural sugar in milk
  • Oligosaccharides- found in legumes and a number of vegetables

It can be difficult to cut out these foods and interpret which ones are the real culprits without some advice and assistance. Our dietitians are very experienced in helping to work out just which foods might be making you feel so uncomfortable. Ring 1300 227 100 for an appointment- we can even do phone or Skype consults.

 

Author: Nutrition Professionals Australia
Tags: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Fodmap

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