The Low FODMAP Diet was created by a team at Monash University (Australia), led by Professor Peter Gibson and including Dr Shepherd and others.
Research has demonstrated that the low FODMAP diet reduces symptoms in people who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
It is now accepted and recommended as one of the most effective dietary therapies for irritable bowel syndrome.
FODMAPs are molecules found in the foods we eat. FODMAPs is an acronym for:
Some people have problems absorbing these molecules, so they make their way to the large intestine intact. Once there they act as a food source for the normal bacterial flora which digest and ferment the FODMAPs. This results in the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as:
|Excess fructose:||Honey, apples, mango, pear, watermelon, high fructose corn syrup.|
|Fructans:||Artichokes, asparagus, beetroot, garlic, onion, wheat.|
|Lactose:||Milk, yogurt, ricotta cheese, ice cream.|
|Galacto-oligosaccharides:||Baked beans, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas.|
|Polyols:||Apples, apricots, avocado, prunes, mushrooms, sorbitol, xylitol, isomalt.|
A low FODMAP diet produces significant relief for over three quarters of people with chronic digestive symptoms.
The book clearly outlines:
Eventually you may be able to reintroduce some of the foods containing FODMAPs – one at a time – to monitor your reactions. However, for ongoing symptom relief it will probably be necessary to continue to restrict your intake of many foods.
A 14-day meal plan is offered for the General FODMAP diet. In addition, 7-day meal plans are provided for a range of dietary needs and preferences including:
Examples of meals you can enjoy on the low FODMAP diet include:
Fish, poultry, beef, bacon, tempeh, tofu, eggs, feta cheese, Swiss cheese, lactose-free milk, corn tortillas, gluten-free bread, quinoa, rice, oatmeal, chia seeds, almonds, bok choy, broccoli, zucchini, tomato, lettuce, pumpkin, potatoes, banana, kiwi fruit, tangerines, melon, pineapple, coffee, tea.
Tuna, Lemongrass and Basil Risotto Patties
Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive Disorders retails at $18.95.
A low FODMAP diet has been proven to provide relief from the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders. This book explains what FODMAPs are, how they are involved in these conditions and outlines a practical plan for recovery.
This way of eating is effective for over three quarters of irritable bowel syndrome patients. However, for the best results it is recommended to work with a trained nutritionist or dietitian.