What is the Low FODMAP Diet?
The Low FODMAP Diet was developed to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome through elimination dieting. Typically, a person will follow a low FODMAP diet for two to six weeks (depending on how seriously he or she wants to take it) by cutting out foods with high FODMAPs. Then, after a few weeks, one can slowly work their normal foods back into their diets.
What is a FODMAP?
FODMAP= Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols
FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) found in certain foods that can lead to gastrointestinal problems for those with, shall we say, weaker stomachs. Because FODMAPs are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, taking them out of your diet could help with your digestion if you suffer from IBS or another gastric issue. There’s no quick shortcut or memory rule for what is or isn’t a low FODMAP food except to just learn a few key rules.
The biggest cuts come with lactose (dairy), fructose (fruits and sugars), fructans (wheat, onion, garlic, etc.), galactans (beans, lentils and legumes), wheats, and certain sweeteners found in fruits. A more comprehensive list of what to eat and not eat can be found here.
Where does gluten fit into all of this?
The focus of this eating plan is not gluten, but FODMAPs, so it’s not necessary to follow a gluten-free diet. However, because wheat is considered a high-FODMAP food, some scientists recommend buying gluten-free versions of flours and grains, as they will also lack wheat.
Should I try the low FODMAP plan?
Looking into this diet could help you depending on your goal. If you aim to lose weight, this may not be for you. You might instead opt for trying some of Beetnik’s organic frozen meals. But if you’re evaluating an allergy or seeking to resolve long-term stomach distress, maybe you should give it a chance!
Take a look at what kinds of foods and beverages you would have to give up, and evaluate their importance in your diet. Cutting high FODMAP foods has improved the symptoms of many people living with sensitive stomachs and IBS.
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