The low-FODMAP diet: 6 common questions answered – fast!

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The low-FODMAP diet: 6 common questions answered – fast!

With so much research being published on the topic, this week we’d like to shine the health spotlight on FODMAPs. Let’s take a closer look at this group of poorly absorbed carbohydrates and why they can become a problem for some people.

  1. What are FODMAPs?

FODMAP stands for

  • Fermentable
  • Oligosaccharides
  • Disaccharides
  • Monosaccharides
  • and Polyols – a group of carbohydrates found naturally in a wide range of foods and food additives
  1. What’s all the fuss about?

In people with weak digestive systems, foods high in FODMAPs may be more poorly absorbed by the intestine, which can spark an increase gastrointestinal symptoms such as:

  • diarrhoea
  • constipation
  • pain
  • bloating and wind

Research shows that a diet that’s low in FODMAPs can provide significant relief for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)[1], a common gut disorder that affects one in five Australians. It may also help manage symptoms of other gastrointestinal conditions, such as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)[2].

  1. What foods are considered high FODMAP?

High FODMAP foods include:

  • Fructose – found in fruits such as apples, pears, mango
  • Fructans – found in foods such as artichokes, asparagus, garlic and onions
  • Lactose – found in most dairy products
  • Galactans – found in foods such as baked beans, lentils and soybeans
  • Polyols – found in various artificial sweeteners and stone fruits (avocado, peaches and plums).

For a full list of high and low-FODMAP foods, speak to your health professional.

  1. Who may benefit from a low-FODMAP diet?

Even healthy guts can have trouble digesting FODMAPs, so individuals with common digestive disorders, particularly those with IBS, may benefit from a low-FODMAP diet. Research also shows that it may help people suffering from chronic stress due to stress’ ability to inflame the gut and weaken digestive capacity.

  1. Are there any downsides to a low-FODMAP diet?

While a low-FODMAP diet may cater well to those with common digestive disorders, people with minor gastrointestinal symptoms (or none at all) should remain cautious. Unnecessarily reducing or eliminating FODMAPs from your diet may mean that you miss out on key nutrients that are beneficial to general health and wellbeing.

If you’re experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, it’s important to seek advice before changing your diet. Your health care professional will be able to assess your symptoms, rule out other causes and confirm that a low-FODMAP diet is the best option for you.

  1. Is there a natural way to improve FODMAP-related digestive symptoms?

At Health & Wellness Australia, we use a technique called muscle testing or kinesiology, to help identify any food sensitivities that may be contributing to your digestive symptoms. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to reduce your reaction to certain foods using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).

PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques. It aims to re-train your body to reduce your reactions to foods, including those high in FODMAPs, which may be causing or exacerbating your gastrointestinal symptoms.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure digestive issues – it is intended to decrease your reactions and help manage digestive-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.

[1]Monash University. Low FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/

[2] NCBI. Low-FODMAP Diet for Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3966170/

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