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)

One meta-analysis of the effects of a low FODMAP diet on IBS found that the diet is beneficial to reducing functional symptoms such as bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort.¹Another study published earlier this year also found evidence to support the use of a low FODMAP diet as a first line therapy for IBS.²

This is great news! When I was diagnosed as teenager with IBS their was very little mention of how to specifically alter your diet to manage your symptoms. I was only told to “eat more fiber and reduce stress.” I can’t tell you how many other people have been told the same thing.  The sad part is that many patients are still getting that same line today without much guidance on how to eat.

If you have IBS or digesitive issues, discuss your diet with your doctor, ask to see a Gastroenterologist who is familiar with IBS, and/or get a referral to a dietitian or nutritionist who can help you plan your diet.

1. Power, VA., Shephard, SJ., Gibson, PR., Muir, JG. A diet low in FODMAPs reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Gastroenterology. 2014;145(1):67-75.e5

2.  Lonshyten, M., Chandar, A., Falck-Ytter, Y. Gastroenterology. Large effects of a Low FODMAPs diet in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a sytemic reveiw and meta-analysis. 2014;145(5)su1 s535-s536.

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Hi I'm Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPC, CHC, Founder of BrightFire Living, LLC. I am a social worker, speaker, author, certified health, wellness and lifestyle coach, certified green living coach and toxic-free consultant. I am passionate about helping women like you to detox each area of your life, safeguard your family's health, and live life fully charged and completely lit up! I am on a mission to empower women and families who are managing food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other modern chronic health conditions to live a safe, happy, and healthy life that truly lights your fire!

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  1. Thank you for short and understandable description of FODMAPS. I have been curious as I suspect that my husband abd daughter have issues with garlic and wheat

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