low FODMAP diet for IBS

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common disorder affecting one in seven adults. Sufferers of this syndrome experience some or all of the following symptoms.IBS

Abdominal pain and discomfort

Bloating

Excessive wind

Abdomen distension

Altered bowel habits (diarrhoea or constipation)

The latest research from Monash University on this condition focuses on a group of dietary sugars called FODMAPs. Dietary restriction of these poorly absorbed FODMAPs has been shown to give huge relief to sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These sugars are categorised as follows;

FODMAPsFermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides And Polyols.

Fructose – found in certain fruits and honey

Lactose – found in milk and milk products

Sugar Polyols – found in some fruits and vegetables and artificial sweeteners

Fructans – found in wheat, rye, onions and garlic

GOS –  found in legumes

It is recommended that the low FODMAP diet should be followed for around 2-6 weeks until all of your symptoms have been relieved. Foods are then tested individually to see which sugars cause a problem. Not all patients react to all of the dietary sugars. Once the malabsorbed sugars have been diagnosed other foods can be re-introduced into the diet.

If you suffer from the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and would like to finally have the answers then the low FODMAP diet is for you.