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The Low FODMAP Diet

The low FODMAP diet was developed by Dietitian Sue Shepherd to help people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (link to IBS page).  During her research, Sue found that people with IBS commonly react to a range of substances called “fermentable carbohydrates” of FODMAPs.  These are found in a lot of common foods and actually promote a healthy gut in most people.  However, in many people with IBS, these fermentable carbohydrates react with bacteria in the gut and produce gas and other substances that can trigger the symptoms of IBS (things like bloating, diarrhoea, cramps, excessive gas, constipation etc.).

Not everyone with IBS reacts to fermentable carbohydrates or “FODMAPs” but in studies, about 80% of people with IBS find that their symptoms improve when they take these offenders out of their diet.  There are a number of different FODMAPs and it is unusual for someone to react to all of them.  Working with a dietitian who is trained in the low FODMAP diet will help you to work out which, if any, FODMAPs you are reacting to.

Do I need to see a Dietitian for a Low FODMAP diet?

The low FODMAP diet is one of the more complicated diets out there and studies do show that people who work with a dietitian get better results from their low FODMAP plan.  We often have clients who tell us they have tried a low FODMAP diet but when we check out what they have done, they have usually missed some key part of it or had some wrong information.  They often do much better once they get the diet right.  We also find that lots of people with IBS go straight onto a low FODMAP diet when their symptoms might be better managed with other dietary changes.  That’s why a dietitian will spend a long time talking you about your symptoms and the history of your IBS before planning a treatment, low FODMAP or otherwise.

There is also a rick of nutrient deficiencies with this diet and a dietitian will be able to assess this for you and help you to ensure you are following a nutritionally balanced Low FODMAP plan.

If you think you have IBS and want to try the low FODMAP diet do get in touch. Always remember to see your GP and get a proper diagnoses of IBS first – never self-diagnose.

You can make an appointment by contacting the Albany Clinic:
Telephone: 016612222. The Albany Clinic is open from 8.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Friday.
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