Had a Gutful?

Had a Gutful?

Do you suffer from unresolved symptoms of irritable bowel, such as bloating, gas, pain, diarrhoea or constipation? New research brings hope: limiting or avoiding FODMAPs in your diet may help.

Sue RaddMar 20, 2023, 12:51 AM

what are FODMAPs?

FODMAP s are a large group of dietary sugars found in a range of healthy foods. They include fructans, galactans, lactose, fructose and polyols, which tend to be incompletely absorbed in the body by some people, causing digestive problems.

try a low-FODMAP diet

To determine whether you would benefit from permanently reducing FODMAP s in your diet, you need to try such a diet for six to eight weeks. This is best done under the supervision of a dietitian who has experience in this area. Before you start, your doctor should exclude other potential causes of intestinal problems such as coeliac disease and ulcerative colitis. If your symptoms improve, you can then work out a tolerance level, as these foods also supply disease-fighting nutrients and you may not need to avoid them altogether.

ideas for low-FODMAP eating

Here are a few food swaps you can try. A registered dietitian can give you more detailed information.

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