Low FODMAP Diet:
FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides Di-saccharides Mono-saccharides And Polyols (complex sugars)
FODMAP sugars include:
Fructose – found in fruit, honey, juices.
Lactose – found in milk and milk products.
Sugar polyols such as sorbitol and mannitol – found in some fruits, vegetables and artificial sweetner.
Fructans – found in wheat, rye, onions, garlic.
Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) – found in beans and pulses such as chickpeas, kidney beans or baked beans.
Patients with IBS, Gastroparesis, and chronic constipation should consider adopting the low FODMAP diet to help reduce some of the associated symptoms such as bloating, nausea and pain occurring from the fermentation of these sugars within the large intestine.
Lots of people manage quite happily on the basic small portion, low FODMAP diet, however, don't be disheartened if that doesn't work as well as you had hoped. It's a complicated process of trial and error and it is easy to feel disheartened when things don't go according to plan. It takes a lot of thought, preparation and organisation to adapt to such big lifestyle changes.
Making any significant dietary changes should be done under the guidance of a registered practitioner or dietitian. Please follow the links at the bottom of the page for more information.