If your doctor has ever said you have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), or if you suffer from chronic bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, learn how the FODMAPs diet might be able to help you.
When I started counselling, I was struck by the gap between the hope of IBS sufferers for relief through diet modifications and the limited evidence for dietary strategies that could help them. That all changed in about 2011 when scientists at Monash University in Australia began to publish results of their research using the FODMAPs diet.
FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharide Disaccharides Monosaccharides And Polyols) are a collection of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in foods naturally or as food additives.
The FODMAPs diet is a two-phase diet:
- During phase 1, you remove food that is rich in carbohydrates that can ferment in your body from your diet.
- During phase 2, you reintroduce carbohydrates to your diet to see which carbohydrates cause the IBS symptoms.