Have you noticed that certain foods make you bloated (How to beat bloating). Cause embarrassing flatulence or discomfort and cramping? High FODMAP foods may cause debilitating pain, fatigue and mood disturbance. Constipation or diarrhoea are also common symptoms.
FODMAP is an acronym for various fermentable carbohydrates (sugar molecules) found naturally in a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and milk products. These sugars (for example fructose and lactose) don’t harm us, but in sensitive people, they can trigger the symptoms mentioned above.
1 in 7 people struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and fortunately the Low FODMAP diet has been shown to help up to 75% of people control their IBS and get their lives back on track. We also have a separate range of ‘reduced’ FODMAP meals (made without onion or garlic) for those who have done the low FODMAP diet and know these foods are their triggers.
IBS is a hidden condition, so it can be tricky to diagnose and does not have a cure. Essentially, it’s a disorder of the gut nervous system, and symptoms differ markedly from person to person. For some it can be embarrassing flatulence and annoying bloating for others IBS can cause debilitating pain, fatigue and mood disturbance. It can result in loss of productivity at work, sick days, and often causes sufferers to withdraw from their lives and social activities, due to embarrassment and poor self esteem.
If this sound like you or you have symptoms that you think might be IBS, make sure you get along and chat to your doctor. And then seek a referral to a food intolerance trained dietitian, to help you sort through it all. The low FODMAP diet is a short term diet designed to help you work out which FODMAP foods you can eat and in what portion and foods that cause triggers and you need to avoid. The low FODMAP diet can be life changing and help you manage your IBS symptoms.