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Aug 2014
FODMAPs
Do you think you are sensitive to certain foods? Have you been tested for coeliac disease and the results were negative? Or have you been told you have IBS (irritable bowel disease)? Then you may need to follow a FODMAP diet to reduce those awful symptoms of pain, bloating, constipation or even diarrhoea, as well as following other treatment that has been recommended. This catchy little name stands forFermentable-Oligosaccharides-Disaccharides-Monosaccharides-And-Polyols.This diet was developed by Monash University in Australia and it works like this. FODMAPs are not the cause of the digestive symptoms found in IBS but they can trigger them as the gut is sensitive in people with IBS. Small changes in the volume of the contents of the gut can trigger the bowel so that it overreacts and you get those horrible problems. FODMAPs are groups of small carbohydrate molecules found in a host of foods that you may be consuming. They are important as they generally provide energy for the body, but in this case they may be poorly absorbed which means they pass through into the colon (large intestine) where they draw water and are digested by natural gut bacteria. This process produces gas (and bloating), which also causes the cramps, pain and sometimes frequent bowel movements. Most people can eat FODMAPS without any problems; it is only if you are sensitive that symptoms arise, so there is no point following this diet unless you have problems. It may even be that you are sensitive to FODMAPs in some foods and not others.FODMAPs are found in quite a wide range of foods including fruits, vegetables, pulses, milk products and even sweeteners all of which are important in a good, healthy, balanced diet. So you can see that excluding or reducing the quantity of those that affect you, means that they have to be carefully replaced by other foods that will retain the balance in your diet.If you are experiencing problems that you think may be related to food then it’s a good idea to:*keep a diary of your symptoms so you can report accurately to your doctor-yes it’s not always nice but it’s important.*Make sure you do talk it over with your own doctor, before you make radical changes to your diet as it is important to follow a well-balanced healthy diet. Your doctor may refer you to a dietician to help you get this sorted out.
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