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What are FODMAPs?

‘FODMAP’ is an acronym which stands for ‘Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Dissacharides, Monosaccharides & Polyols’; the names of different groups of poorly-absorbed short-chain sugars, including not only fructose and lactose, but also molecules called fructans, galactooligosaccharides (GOS) and sugar alcohols, like sorbitol and mannitol.

Why should I be concerned about FODMAPs?

When consumed in food or drink, FODMAPs can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine, continuing their path along the gastrointestinal tract until they reach the large intestine, where these 2 things can happen:

These 2 processes can trigger undesirable symptoms like flatulence, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or a combination of both.

What does a FODMAP diet involve, and is it for me?

There are 3 phases of the FODMAP diet, which include the following:

The low FODMAP diet has proven the most effective way to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with up to 85% of patients following the diet experiencing symptom relief. A low FODMAP diet is recommended as a preferred treatment for IBS.

How do I know if I have IBS?

If you struggle with ongoing gut disturbance that is affecting your quality of life, you must make it a priority to visit your doctor.

How do I know if a low FODMAP diet is for me?

Make it a priority to see a Dietitian to get a clinical assessment for the requirement for commencing a low FODMAP diet. Do not make any changes to your diet without first seeking expert advice and supervision.