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Low-FODMAP-Diet

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What are FODMAPs

  • These are rapidly fermentable, short-chain carbohydrates and consist of:
  • A monosaccharide - Fructose
  • Oligosaccharides - Fructans and galactans
  • A disaccharide - Lactose
  • Polyols - Sugar alcohols
  • These short-chain carbohydrates are also known as 'fast-food' for bowel organisms.
  • Bowel bacteria can ferment these carbohydrates to create energy and produce hydrogen or methane (or both) - gases that are a by-product of fermentation

FODMAPs & The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS for short is known as a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID)
  • This is a common medical problem in society and symptoms such as bloating, distention, abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation or both are commonplace problems.
  • These symptoms are debilitating in many individuals and accounts for a large percentage of cases of absenteeism from work.
  • Pharmacological interventions offer mild to ineffective help to alleviate the symptoms.
  • What has been shown to be of great help in many individuals is a FODMAP exclusion diet.

Bowel distention by gas - a major player in symptom generation

  • The gas (hydrogen or methane or both) produced by bowel organisms metabolising these FODMAPs causes not only the pain and distention felt and seen in sufferers, it can also lead to the motility problems associated with IBS including bowel spasm.
  • For more detail on FODMAPs - Click here
  • For even more information on IBS including medical issues, treatment and breath testing - Click here

 This Low-FODMAP NutriDesk Diet

  • This diet will provide you with a very low FODMAP dietary intake
  • This may be valuable if you have been suffering from symptoms for an extended period of time.
  • You can then work your way through this problem with a dietitian familiar with FODMAPs who should be able to narrow down the offending foods and organize breath testing for some of these FODMAPs to see which ones are easily digestible in an individual. Breath testing thus enables an individual to see which FODMAP/s they can tolerate and include these particular FODMAPs in their diet.
  • In other words, breath testing will enable you to identify which FODMAP you can or can't tolerate so that you can exclude only those you are sensitive to rather than blanket exclusion of all FODMAPs.

Can the low-FODMAP diet help everyone with IBS?

  • The short answer is - No!
  • It can be of significant help in 75% of cases
  • In some, a different mechanism is in place and FODMAP exclusion will offer little help to these people.

The downsides of a low FODMAP diet

  • If you restrict many foods, you may also restrict fibre intake which are prebiotics important for bowel health.
  • You may also decrease micronutrient intake by restricting too many foods
  • For this reason, it is important to use this NutriDesk diet in conjunction with a trained FODMAP-aware dietitian to ensure nutrient intake is adequate.

 


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