Low FODMAP diet
FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides And Polyols. These are short sugars found in some food, primarily plants and milk. Some foods that are high in FODMAPs include garlic, onion, beans, apples, pears, milk and wheat. Fats and meats are mostly fine.
FODMAPs can be hard to digest. They are poorly absorbed by our intestines and this leads to gas production by bacteria in the gut.
FODMAPs can be a big issue for people with irritable bowel syndrome (also known as IBS). IBS is thought to affect 1 in 6 Americans. FODMAPs may also bother people with inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease) and people without a colon.
For these folks, eating foods with FODMAPs can trigger abdominal pain, cramps, bloating and diarrhea. Studies suggest that 3 in 4 IBS patients feel better by eating fewer foods that contain FODMAPs. Strict avoidance is not always necessary. Over time, people are encouraged to try re-introducing individual foods to see which really matter.
You can use Selectivor to track how you feel while you eliminate certain foods for a short time and then re-introduce them. This may help you discover which foods help you feel your best. We have individual settings for each type of FODMAP, so experiment to which affect you.