What does FODMAP mean?

The gluten free diet is the only known treatment for Celiac disease at this time. It is also widely recommended for non-celiac gluten sensitivity, non-celiac wheat sensitivity, wheat allergy, and many other health conditions less commonly associated with gluten, one of them being Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is recommended by many that the gluten free diet in treatment of IBS for years. However, only recently this diet has gained in popularity when dealing with IBS.

IBS is a condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract, causing an array of symptoms such as flatulence, abdominal bloating, and pain. The severity of symptoms varies from patient to patient. One common denominator among all IBS patients is the trigger foods or FODMAPs.

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, and mono-saccharides and polyols. Some of the most common foods on the FODMAP diet that should be restricted include dairy, beans, a variety of fruits, mushrooms, alcohol-based sweeteners, and wheat.

Many IBS patients see improvement when avoiding the FODMAP foods. Although it may very on a case by case basis, the elimination diet seems to be the only answer when trying to pin down what FODMAP foods specifically should be avoided to ease the IBS symptoms.

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