What is FODMAP?
FODMAP is an acronym which stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Mono-saccharides And Polyols. FODMAP’s (also known as sugars) have different actions in the gut and are found in a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, grains, nuts, seeds, dairy products, processed foods and beverages.
Most people eat high FODMAP foods on a daily basis without issue. However, individuals with IBS may experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, excessive passing of wind and/or distension.
Following a low FODMAP diet for six weeks has been shown to reduce abdominal pain and discomfort, reduce bloating, regulate bowel habits and improve quality of life.