Nutrition plays a big role in our overall health especially our digestive health! The link between foods and digestive disorders affects many people today and has become more recognized in the health care setting. Many times these digestive disorders stem from carbohydrates not being fully digested in the small intestine thus causing digestive discomfort due to water being drawn in producing carbon dioxide and hydrogen gases that can cause bloating and distension. A low FODMAP diet can be a great tool for those with GI discomfort as it can be followed for an extended period of time or used as an elimination diet to see if specific foods trigger GI discomfort!
What are FODMAPs? They are…..
Fermentable – quickly broken down (fermented) by bacteria in the large bowel
Oligosaccharides – fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides (wheat, onion, garlic, beans)
Disaccharides – lactose (milk and ice cream)
Monosaccharides – fructose (apples, pears, honey)
Polyols – sugar alcohols (sorbitol and mannitol)
What about gluten?
While gluten can also cause food sensitivities, gluten is a protein not a carbohydrate therefore it is not classified as a FODMAP. Those who find low FODMAP products useful may also follow a gluten free protocol as gluten free products tend to be lower in FODMAPs and they may have a sensitivity to gluten as well. However, some people who utilize a low FODMAP diet CAN tolerate gluten.
Last Fall my grandma started follow a low FODMAP protocol after being diagnosed with collagenous colitis. Being a #RD2Be I wanted to learn more about this particular elimination diet to help her and further my knowledge for future clients, as I quickly learned the low FODMAP diet was becoming more common. After doing some research I put together a recipe book for her to utilize with some of her favorite foods that I adapted to a low FODMAP recipe.
At first look this diet can seem like a big challenge to tackle but I hope this recipe book can shine some positive light on those who follow low FODMAP in that they can still enjoy delicious food!
Disclaimer: All information presented is just merrily general nutrition information and should not be taken as an individualized protocol without contacting a registered dietitian before making any dietary changes.