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Eating for Intestinal Tolerance – the Low FODMAP Diet

What is the low FODMAP diet?

FODMAP is the acronym for a group of short chain carbohydrates found in food that are generally poorly absorbed by our digestive system. FODMAP stands for ‘Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols’. These carbohydrates exist in a variety of different foods such as wheat, milk, certain fruits and vegetables. The diet involves restricting high FODMAP foods for at 6-8 weeks and replacing them with suitable low FODMAP alternatives. Following this period, FODMAPs are slowly reintroduced to gauge individual tolerance level.

A low FODMAP diet is effective in reducing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms

FODMAPS can aggravate IBS symptoms such as bloating, wind, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The diet was developed by a team at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and many studies have shown symptom relief in people with IBS.

For best results, see a FODMAP trained dietitian

In a recent study 76% of patients that saw a FODMAP-trained dietitian reported an improvement in symptoms after being on the diet. The diet is complex and a dietitian is best placed to provide all support needed for good results.

Join an EatFit for IBS programme

Our group programmes are designed to give you all the information and support you need to follow this diet correctly. The programme includes 2 group sessions and two follow up calls to provide dietetic guidance for 16 weeks.

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