FODMAPS, The Diet Solution You've Been Missing , 0 Comments
Fermentable Oligo-Monosaccharides and Polyols.
That's a mouthful if ever I've said one! Luckily, these carbohydrates have a more palatable (and functional) acronym - FODMAPS. While the majority of people have heard of, or experienced, the gluten-free diet, not many have heard of FODMAPS... and the low-FODMAPS diet may be the non-gluten solution that you have been searching for!
FODMAPS are essentially certain types of carbohydrates that are found in various foods. A diet high in FODMAPS can cause gastro-intestinal distress, due to the fact that FODMAPS are osmotic (which means that they pull water into the intestinal tract), and can be difficult to digest and absorb. The most common use of a low-FODMAPS diet is to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but it can also be effective for those who have had continued GI issues without a definitive diagnosis. The diet is similar to the gluten-free route in that wheat, and wheat products, are excluded, but it also limits the intake of lactose, fructose, and galactans (legumes).
Following a low-FODMAPS diet also means limiting your intake of polyols, found in sweeteners (including but not limited to xylitol, sorbitol, and isomalt) and also stone fruits, such as peaches, plums, cherries, avocados, etc. While it may seem like this doesn't leave much for you to eat, the contrary is the case! Most meat products (except for sausages and processed meats) are completely fine, along with tons of vegetables, fish and seafood, and fruits like bananas, blueberries, and pineapple. There are so many delicious options and recipes for all sorts of diets these days, so the key to following any elimination plan is to focus on what you can have, and not on what you're eradicating.
If you're looking to try out the low-FODMAPS diet, check back with us tomorrow for our follow-up article! We'll also be sharing a chart that will make knowing what you should and shouldn't have simple and easy... because your health should not be a difficult thing to maintain.
- Maria Vasylivna