Digestive Issues? Is A Low FODMAP Diet Right For You?
The Low FODMAP Diet is not a weight-loss diet, it is designed for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and is sometimes recommended for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Digestive symptoms can include diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort, fatigue, and headaches. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharide and polyols. It is these compounds (in many common carbohydrates) that may be difficult to digest and lead to bacterial fermentation causing gas and bloating.
FODMAPs include wheat, rye, onions and legumes; lactose (found in soft cheese, yogurt and milk), fructose (as in high-fructose corn syrup and sugar), honey and certain fruits, including apples and pears. Artificial sweeteners, such as sorbitol, are also regarded as FODMAPs, and the diet limits fiber as well. Eliminating these foods often allows one to more easily digest and process food without significant symptoms. This can lead to the ability to identify which ones bring on IBS symptoms most reliably once individual foods are gradually added back to the diet. The FODMAPs responsible vary from person to person and can frequently change over time. Learn more about a Low FODMAP Diet.
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