Elimination Diets as mentioned on The Today Show today sounds like a new diet fad. Dr. Mark Hyman the guest interviewed (who also happens to have a new book) suggests eliminating some foods (like dairy and soy) and “see how you do”. Are elimination diets a fad? a diet craze?
The FODMAPs elimination diet is NOT a fad. It is for people with IBS and other GI challenges. While it is an elimination diet, it is a targeted, methodical way of approaching a diet that eliminates foods known to be associated with digestive problems. It is evidence-based, that is research on this specific diet and evaluation of outcomes has been done – by more than one person – and proven effectiveness. Sue Shepherd, PhD and Peter Gibson, MD are two of the original and key researchers who have published extensively on this topic.
Most importantly – the FODMAPs elimination diet should be managed or “driven” by a Registered Dietitian. The diet involves helping a client maneuver through foods that are to be limited or avoided while adding acceptable foods to keep the nutrients balanced – the Registered Dietitian has the expertise to do this. It works!
If you do want to start your own “elimination diet” – work with a Registered Dietitian. Eliminating entire classes of foods then eliminates nutrients as well.
If you want to try an elimination diet – don’t eliminate your Registered Dietitian!! – call on PNT 972-238-1811.