What is it?
Technically called the Low FODMAP diet plan, FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides And Polyols (come again?); basically, it means fermentable sugar molecules and sugar alcohols. These are present in our diets, in natural and processed foods, making it very difficult to avoid them. But it is manageable, and that’s what a low FODMAP diet is, controlling the intake of specific carbohydrates and sugar alcohols. These are the main areas you should avoid if you’re following the diet: fructose, lactose, fructans (certain vegetables), galactans (grains) and polyols (sweeteners).
Health benefits of following it?
When FODMAPs reach your stomach, they are promptly fermented by bacteria and that results in the production of gas. They’re are also highly osmotic resulting in an increased amount of water during the digestion process, which in turn alters the bowel movements. In simpler words? Bloating. Typically a Low FODMAP diet can have a positive effect on Irritable Bowel Syndrome, flatulence and nausea.
This diet plan needs to be followed with the help of a professional, as it avoids important food groups and was not primarily developed for weight loss or improving ones’ general health. If you do suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, flatulence or nausea, this could potentially be a miracle-maker for you but consult your doctor first.
If you’re giving it a try at home, keep it to a week. If you’re following it with your doctor, they’ll advise you the best timeframe.
10 foods to avoid:
Garlic, onions, asparagus, beans, cauliflower, mushrooms, most fruits, wheat foods, cow milk and sodas.
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Try a test at home to identify any food intolerances – we tried the York Test kit, which was super easy to use.
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