In recent years, you may have heard the term FODMAP floating around the internet or in your doctors office. But what is all the hype about?
FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharises, and Polyols. Say what?? In real human terms, FODMAPs are sugars from various foods that are not digested well by our bodies. This can contribute to bloating, gas, stomach pain, and even worsen constipation or diarrhea in individuals with sensitive stomachs. A Low FODMAP diet is often suggested for individuals who suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or those who have sensitive stomachs and undesirable bowel changes.
What is the Low FODMAP diet?
The Low FODMAP diet is designed to help you determine what foods may be triggering certain digestive discomforts by cutting out high FODMAP foods. This diet can be very challenging as high FODMAP foods tend to be commonly consumed. However, the low FODMAP diet is not a life long commitment, it is intended to help you determine what foods may be triggering your body the most.
Common examples of high FODMAP foods that can cause discomforts:
· Artificial Sweeteners
Is the Low FODMAP Diet right for you?
As the Low FODMAP diet can be challenging and is not for everyone, it is important to discuss other options with your doctor first. Your doctor can help you determine possible causes of digestive discomforts. In some cases, receiving the proper diagnosis and simple treatments from your doctor can effectively alleviate concerns.
It is important to note that the Low FODMAP diet is primarily recommended for individuals who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other digestive related conditions. When executed properly, it can be very effective in helping IBS sufferers manage their symptoms and feel more comfortable.
It is highly recommended to work with a qualified Registered Dietitian if you and your doctor feel you may benefit from trying the Low FODMAP diet. Our Dietitians here at Synergy Health and Wellness can help guide you through the Low FODMAP diet and on your journey to overall health!
RanDee Anshutz is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Massage Therapist practicing in Bend, Oregon. As a Health at Every Size (HAES) provider she strives to help EVERYONE in EVERY BODY achieve optimal health.