What Is A Low FODMAP Diet?

The FODMAP is a popular diet, however, what does the acronym FODMAP stand for and what is it?

 

What are FODMAPs?

 
FODMAPs is an acronym for

  • Fermentable
  • Oligosaccharides (eg. Fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS))
  • Disaccharides (eg. Lactose)
  • Monosaccharides (eg. excess Fructose)
  • And
  • Polyols (eg. Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Xylitol and Isomalt)

 
FODMAPs are found in the foods we eat. Foods can be a trigger for many digestive problems. Therefore, restricting certain foods can help. Restriction is often only recommend for a short period of time, this is not a long-term diet.
 

Low FODMAP Diet

A low FODMAP diet involves restricting or eliminating the FODMAP foods.
 

Should You Follow it?

The FODMAP diet is often recommended and followed by individuals who suffer from IBS. Therefore, if you do not suffer from IBS it is suggested that you do not follow it, this is because it could do more harm than good. The reason is because most FODMAPs are prebiotics, which means they support our good gut bacteria.
 
Furthermore, individuals who suffer from food intolerance can also follow a low FODMAP diet to establish the food they are intolerant to.
 

 
As I mentioned above, however, is that a low FODMAP diet is not a diet, which means you can not follow it for a prolonged period of time. It is not sustainable or healthy to eliminate all these foods from your diet.
 
It is recommended that before you embark on such a process yourself you visit a professional that can help you go through the stages and process correctly. Our bodies are all different and therefore you cannot expect to follow and respond well to a Low FODMAP diet found online. A diet or meal plan doesn't know how sensitive your digestive system is to certain FODMAP sugars.
 

The Stages

 
Stage 1: Restriction
 
This stage involves restricting all high FODMAP foods.
 
This stage only lasts between 3-8 weeks. This is because FODMAPS are necessary for the diet and our gut health.
 
Progression onto the next stage depends on how long it takes for the symptoms to disappear.
 
Stage 2: Reintroduction
 
This stages involves reintroducing high FODMAP's back into the diet appropriately.
 
During this stage you will be able to find out:

  1. Which types of FODMAPs you  can tolerate.
  2. The amount of FODMAPs you can tolerate.

 
The answers to these question's differ person to person.
 
Within this stage you test specific foods one by one, in order to accurately analyse what FODMAP's are causing you problems.
 
It a stage like this that it is advised that you seek a medical professional to ensure you undertake this stage correctly.
 
Stage 3: Personalisation
 
The third and final stages involves personalising your low FODMAP diet to meet the type and amount of FODMAP that your body can tolerate.
 

Bottom Line

If you are in a siutation where you are suffering from serious and unctrollable pain, constant and frequent bloating and you do not why and what is causing it, visit a medical professional to fully find out if the low FODMAP diet is for you.
 
Remember that a low FODMAP diet is not a long-term diet, it is an short term approach used to analyse which foods are the problem.

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