The Low FODMAP Diet For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted By Author on March 31, 2021

Low FODMAP diets are most commonly recommended for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). While symptoms vary widely, many who suffer from IBS have experienced relief through the reduction of high FODMAP foods.

What Are FODMAP Diets?

FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, and Mono-saccharides, And Polyols. The dietary approach was developed in 2005 by Australian researchers at Monash University to improve digestive symptoms for those with IBS or, in some cases, inflammatory bowel disease.

Oligo-saccharides include legumes, wheat, rye, garlic, onions and artichokes. Di-saccharides include dairy products containing lactose, such as milk, ice cream and cheese. Mono-saccharides contain glucose and fructose, such as honey and some fruits. Polyols include sugar-free gum/mints as well as select fruits and vegetables.

What Is a Low FODMAP Diet?

The goal of low FODMAP diets for IBS is to limit the short-chain carbohydrates that are not easily digested and absorbed in the small intestine. In theory, the removal and strategic reintroduction of potential “trigger foods” helps to determine intolerances. It is important for people with IBS to seek medical advice first.

Here at Charleston GI, our specialists can help you identify the high FODMAP foods that trigger symptoms – and how best to avoid them. For instance, if lactose triggers symptoms, we can help create a diverse, lactose-free diet that ensures your body gets the nutrients it needs.

Keep in mind that low FODMAP diets can be difficult to follow, but they are just temporary – and could result in long-term benefits!

Who Can Benefit From a FODMAP Diet?

Low FODMAP diets for those who suffer from IBS have proven effective, helping to reduce painful symptoms and improve overall quality of life. In order to maintain a balanced amount of protein, fat, carbs and nutrients, low FODMAP diets should only be followed under a professional’s supervision. Schedule your appointment at Charleston GI to find out if a low FODMAP diet is right for you!

IBS Symptoms That Can Improve With FODMAP

While not designed for weight loss, low FODMAP diets may improve the following digestive symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Loose stools
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Constipation

Talk to Your Charleston GI Doctor Today!

To learn more about low FODMAP diets for irritable bowel syndrome, contact Charleston GI today! Our team of highly-qualified specialists are committed to providing a higher standard of caring – and relief from digestive symptoms!

Schedule your appointment today. No referral needed!