FODMAPs - Fermentable Oligo-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols are short chain carbohydrates and are highly fermentable in the presence of GI bacteria.
OK – so what does that actually mean? these carbohydrates, found in certain foods, cause gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation. All symptoms associated with IBS.
Decreasing these carbohydrates has shown to alleviate about 75% of symptoms in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Adults have been primarily studied to produce this data. A recent study by Bruno Chumpitazi, MD from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston found success in using the low FODMAPs diet in children. He presented his data at a large meeting of digestive disease experts.
(use this link to learn more: http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/DDW/45619)
The FODMAPs elimination diet or low FODMAPs diet is specific in the foods that are eliminated but the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can provide the expertise you need to make great substitutions. For exmaple, lactose containing foods are limited but lactose free or low lactose foods may be included. Many fruits are eliminated but there are allowed fruits – in certain amounts. Even in the blog posted May 6 and referred to above, it states that “grapes are ok on a low FODMAP diet but oranges are not.” Actually – oranges are allowed on the low FODMAPs diet - so a dietitian is the front line clinician in this therapy!
The low FODMAPs diet is now being explored for other GI diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Check out our information on the FODMAPs elimination diet and protocol by clicking here - then make an appointment! And feel better!!!!