What are FODMAPs ?

FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols!!! These are a large groups of mostly naturally occurring carbohydrates which can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine and fermented in the large intestine by the bacteria there. You may know them by names such as fructose, lactose, Sorbitol, Mannitol or Isomaltose to name a few.

Research suggests limiting the diet in FODMAP-rich foods can reduce the symptoms that plague sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) including reducing the altered bowel habit(diarrhoea/constipation or both), bloating, excessive wind and abdominal discomfort/pain. With the help of an Accredited Practising Dietitian(APD) a low FODMAP diet trial can be arranged to suit your individual lifestyle so that you can comply with the recommendations and see if this approach offers you symptom relief.

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