Research Shows a Low FODMAP Diet Helps Manage Symptoms of IBS

People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)  typically report symptoms of abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, and/or diarrhea. Recent Young casual girl woman is having stomach ache.studies support the use of a Low FODMAP diet to help manage symptoms of IBS and other digestive disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Disease.

FODMAP stands for Fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. FODMAPS are osmotic, which means that they pull water into the digestive tract, may not be digested well and could be fermented upon by intestinal bacteria when they are consumed in larger amounts. This process is what leads to the symptoms mentioned previously.

FODMAPs in the diet include:

  • Fructose (ex. some fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup, etc.)
  • Lactose ( ex. milk)
  • Fructans (ex. wheat, onions, garlic)
  • Galactans (ex. legumes)
  • Polyols (ex. sweeteners and stone fruits)

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Quick Summary of Food Allergies in the US

Did you know that about 15 million Americans have food allergies? Did you know that 1 in 13 children have food allergies? That’s about 2 in every classroom across the country. During Food Allergy Awareness Month, I came across this handy little infographic put together by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). You can learn more about FARE and how you can help spread awareness at www.FoodAllergy.org.

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