Low FODMAPs Diet

WHAT is the Low FODMAPs diet?

FODMAPs is the umbrella term used to describe foods that are not properly absorbed in the small intestines and are fermented by bowel bacteria, which produces gas. This can cause bloating, abdominal pain, excessive wind, diarrhoea, and constipation. The acronym FODMAPs are a group of molecules that are found in foods, in particular carbohydrates and sugar alcohols. FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides (fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS)) Disaccharides (lactose) Monosaccharides (fructose) And Polyols (sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol) (FODMAPs).

The low FODMAPs diet involves two phases. The first phase is the elimination phase, where foods that are high in FODMAPs are eliminated from the diet for about 6-8 weeks and see if symptoms improve. The second phase is the re-challenge phase, it involves reintroducing high FODMAP foods in the diet one at a time, and see which foods you can and cannot tolerate.

The low FODMAPs diet is used for the management of functional gut symptoms and to reduce symptoms in conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

Nutritional strategies will be developed to help identify the specific food/s in your diet that are causing discomfort, help minimise and manage your symptoms and reduce pain. Diet requirements vary at each phase of the diet, therefore a multi-phase approach to diet progression will be undertaken. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Low FODMAP Diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Monash University

REFERENCES

Mahan, L., Stump, S., Raymond, J. & Krause, M. (2012). Krause's food & the nutrition care process. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier/Saunders
Sports Dietitian Australia. (n.p.). The Low FODMAPs Diet. Retrieved 8 February, 2017, from https://www.sportsdietitians.com.au/factsheets/diets-intolerances/the-low-fodmaps-diet/