Many people struggling with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) find that foods high in FODMAPs can trigger their IBS symptoms. Did you know? FODMAPs are a group of sugars that are not completely digested or absorbed in our intestines. When FODMAPs reach the small intestine, they move slowly, attracting water. When they pass into the large intestine, FODMAPs are fermented by gut bacteria, producing gas as a result. The extra gas and water cause the intestinal wall to stretch and expand. Because people with IBS have a highly sensitive gut, ‘stretching’ the intestinal wall causes extreme sensations of pain and discomfort.
The low FODMAP Diet, as developed by Monash University, can be very restrictive. It's not designed as life-long diet. The Low FODMAP diet is a treatment protocol and safe foods should be re-introduced during the re-introduction phase. If you would like to learn more about the FODMAP diet and how to start then make sure you read our Low FODMAP blog.
And finally, enjoy and tell us how it goes.
Recipe by Chantelle - Nutritionist & Student (Masters of Applied Science in Advanced Nutrition)
If you liked this don't forget to check out our Low FODMAP diet friendly breakfast recipe.
We've helped many New Zealand Women and Men implement a Low FODMAP diet and improve their IBS symptom management. IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) doesn't have to rule your life. If you'd like to learn more then visit our IBS page. Alternatively, cut to the chase and get results faster by booking your 15 minute chat with a New Zealand Dietitian today.
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