What are FODMAPs?

Put simply, FODMAPs are a collection of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that aren’t absorbed properly in the gut, they can trigger symptoms in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). FODMAPs are found naturally in many foods and food additives.

Do you feel bloated, suffer from stomach pain and cramping after eating foods or before going to the toilet ?

Do you regularly have constipation, diarrhoea or both ?

If this is a regular bowel habit for you it is more than likely that you may be suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) characterised by chronic, relapsing symptoms including lower abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, wind, distension and altered bowel function (ranging from diarrhoea to constipation) but with no abnormal pathology.

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Did you know you are not alone a staggering one in seven adults suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome!

If you experience any of the above symptoms then the FODMAP diet might be the answer you are looking for.  The FODMAP diet is best followed under the supervision of a qualified Nutritionist.  At Allergy Testing on Line we offer experienced qualified nutritional advice.  Our Nutritionist Jennifer Gallangah MSc. (Nutritional Science) is undertaking advanced FODMAP training at Monash University (one of the world’s top universities who also originated FODMAP research) and her passion is to help as many FODMAP /  IBS sufferers as possible.

FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.

These are basically, a group of carbohydrates which can be poorly absorbed by the small intestine drawing water into the gut which can cause diarrhoea, or they travel to the large intestine where they are fermented by bacteria to produce gas and cause bloating, abdominal pain or constipation.

Foods which contain FODMAPs include:

o High fructan foods: onion, garlic, wheat, asparagus.

o High fructose foods: apple, pear, dried fruit.

o High lactose foods: cow’s milk products, soft cheese, ice cream.

o High galactan foods: legumes, beans, cashew nuts.

o High polyol foods: nectarines, plums, prunes, apricots.

For a complete list of foods to avoid and alternatives, check out this link:

Click here  …..  Starting a low FODMAP diet

A lot of these foods are nutritious foods, foods containing FODMAPs are not unhealthy foods., they are just poorly absorbed by some individuals.

The main aim of a FODMAP diet is to restrict FODMAPs from a person’s diet and then slowly reintroduce them back, so we can find which is the trigger food for the individual.

When following a low FODMAP diet, it is important to get good quality nutritional information personalised to you, especially through the elimination and during the reintroduction of the FODMAP phase.

Remember every one of us is different – like everything in nutrition this is not a one size fits all approach, whilst certain foods may work for others, they may not necessarily work for you.

So how do I know which FODMAP I am reacting to?

The Answer is Coming Soon here on AToL –

A FODMAPS breath test to exactly pinpoint which FODMAP you are reacting to!

So far, it has been necessary to take out all of the offending sugars and therefore taking out a whole lot of pleasure within your diet.

As soon as we have finalised the details, we will be posting all about this new test ( available Australia wide) on our Facebook page so please follow us and you will be one of the first to know!