I have had issues with my tummy for years. When my dietician asked me how long I had been facing the issues that she told me about, I could not give her an answer.
She put me on a low FODMAP diet. Read all about such diets here.
What is it?
- Fermentable — rapidly broken down by bacteria in the bowel
- Oligosaccharides — fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS)
- Disaccharides — lactose
- Monosaccharides — fructose
- Polyols — sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol
Essentially, FODMAPs are a range of foods that may be difficult for the body to digest.
The idea is that you eat less of these foods when following a low-FODMAP diet, and you gradually re-introduce them and work out whether they work for you.
This graphic shows some foods that can be avoided and eaten on this diet.
What is it not?
- A ‘fad’ diet.
- A model for how everyone should eat. A good diet for me may not work for someone else. For example, I find spinach works well for me, and most meals that I make include it. For someone with thyroid issues, having lots of spinach would be a bad idea. I love meat and it is a good protein source for me. One of my best friends has issues with digesting a protein in meat, and so it is not the best protein source for me.
- A diet that should be followed for life, unless this is needed. There are heaps of foods with lots of FODMAPs the contain lots of good vitamins and minerals. Onions, garlic, avocado, bread, milk and many foods high in FODMAPS have lots of nutritional value. If anyone can eat them, they should.
- A diet that people should go on without guidance from a dietician. I have highlighted dietician because dieticians have lots of training which means that you can trust them to help you with this. Some nutritionists may be awesome at this as well, but anyone can call themselves a nutritionist without really having credentials for it. Better to have a dietician.
What is this part of my website for?
- Talking about how I dealt with being on a low-FODMAP diet.
- Low-FODMAP difficulties.
- Providing some low-FODMAP recipes.
What is this part of my website not for?
- Giving medical or dietary advice. I am not a doctor or a dietician.
- Telling anyone how they should eat. What works for one person may not work for another.