FODMAPs

September 6th, 2016

WHAT ARE FODMAPs?

What is this weird new word you have read about in magazines and heard whispered around coffee shop tables?

FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo, Di & Monosaccharides and Polyols.

Researchers here in Melbourne have found that foods containing these sugars can trigger symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS). IBS may be one reason for people experiencing bloating, flatulence and bowel issues but there may be more serious disorders that could cause these symptoms, so it’s best to talk to your doctor about it before following a special diet. There may be some investigations required to assess if the diet is right for you.

FODMAP research is relatively new in the field of diet and nutrition, so if you are following a low FODMAP diet already, make sure you keep up to date with the changes (via Australian research). It’s a tricky diet to manage and shouldn’t be followed strictly for too long. If you have just started following the diet or have recently been diagnosed with IBS, its helpful to have an assessment by an APD (Accredited Practising Dietitian) who can help you tailor the diet for your own requirements.