What on earth is a FODMAP?
If you suffer from IBS you’ve likely been told at some point by a healthcare provider to “consume more fiber in your diet.” But what if you’ve followed the doctor’s orders, yet your symptoms haven’t improved? Or even more frustrating, you actually felt even worse? This is where the low-FODMAP elimination diet comes into play.
“FODMAP” is a funky and often intimidating acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Monosaccharides And Polyols. Simply put, FODMAPs are certain natural sugars and fibers in foods that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, resulting in a mix of gas, abdominal discomfort, constipation, and diarrhea. FODMAP foods are not necessarily “bad foods.” In fact, many of them are extremely nutritious and high in fiber – exactly the types of foods doctors have historically recommended IBS patients regularly consume. Emerging research indicates, however, that a low-FODMAP elimination diet helps to relieve symptoms for up to 80% of IBS sufferers. The diet itself, however, is complex and involves three stages: complete elimination of high FODMAP foods, a step-by-step reintroduction of FODMAP groups to determine food triggers, and long-term management. While information on this approach is certainly available on the internet, it is sometimes presented from individuals with little grasp of nutritional science. Misinformation on this diet is potentially harmful and can even lead to nutrient deficiencies and gut microbial imbalance.
In order to achieve the best possible outcomes, you need a strategy and a plan. The registered dietitian at Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Health will walk you step-by-step through each phase of the diet, while providing resources and customized meal plans. She will provide trustworthy guidance and alleviate the stress of having to figure everything out on your own.
Are you ready to understand your food triggers once and for all? Give us a call today at 224-407-4400 or visit our website www.compgihealth.com to schedule an appointment.