What are FODMAPs?

What a strange name! FODMAPs is an acronym for the following things that can be found in foods:

  • Fermentable
  • Oligosaccharides (eg. Fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides)
  • Disaccharides (eg. Lactose)
  • Monosaccharides (eg. excess Fructose)
  • And
  • Polyols (eg. Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Xylitol and Isomalt)

Was that all gobbledigook for you too? Same for me…

But wait, hold on… this is real!

Foods high in FODMAPs can cause loads of abdominal discomfort, bloating, glucose problems, and more fun Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Basically, some of us can’t absorb them in the small intestine. One of the FODMAP categorised foods may trigger one person but not another. The good news is that a Low FODMAP diet approach is one that works, science says so. And it’s the only “diet” that I can vouch for. You don’t know how excited it makes me to see “fodmap-friendly” products, even though buying fresh (or homemade) is best.