The low FODMAP diet has been proven in research to help about 75% of people resolve digestive problems and gain IBS relief. If you’ve suffered with digestive problems like gas, bloating, pain or altered bowels, you’ve probably wondered if it’s something you should try.

What are FODMAPs?

FODMAP is an acronym for four groups of short chain carbohydrates, or sugar molecules found naturally a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and milk products. When consumed in food or drinks, FODMAPs are not properly digested. Instead they continue through the digestive tract to the large intestine (colon) where they attract water and are fermented creating gas as a side effect. Although this process in many cases is normal and not dangerous, in people with a sensitive gut it can trigger digestive upset.

There is no doubt that a low FODMAP diet can be life changing for some people and it may be that it’s the right solution for you. However, it’s not for everyone, and with good reason. Run through our simple checklist to see if it’s time for you to take the plunge.

  1. Do you suffer with digestive symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, gas or altered bowel movements (diarrhoea or constipation)?
  2. Have you seen your doctor and been tested for coeliac disease
  3. Have you had other possible medical causes for your symptoms excluded e.g. IBD?
  4. Do you have coeliac disease or IBD and still have abdominal symptoms despite these being well managed.
  5. Have you addressed general healthy habits:
    • Regular meals, chewing well and eating slowly
    • Getting enough fibre and fluid daily
    • Limiting alcohol, spicy foods and fizzy drinks
    • Relaxation techniques to manage stress levels
    • Ensuring adequate sleep
  6. Has your doctor or dietitian recommended a low FODMAP diet?
  7. Are you able to restrict your diet temporarily without compromising your health?

If you answered yes to most or all of these, then it might be time to download the Monash FODMAP app and book a consult with a FODMAP trained dietitian. In the meantime, why not try some of the low FODMAP recipes in this cookbook?