So what's with these FODMAP's?
Have you heard someone tell you they were on a low FODMAP diet? Or have a doctor recommend it for bloating? Were you utterly confused just at the term? Fod what?
The FODMAP diet is an acronym that stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. Crystal clear now? Basically this is the fancy way of saying foods that ferment in the gut and can cause unpleasant symptoms i.e. gas and bloating.
This was created for people with IBS to reduce symptoms. It is an elimination diet to find your "trigger" foods as not all foods on the FODMAP list should ever be permanently eliminated.
The low FODMAP diet has been very helpful to reduce symptoms for a lot of people. It has gotten a lot of attention in recent years and now is casually recommended to a lot of people as a diet to follow with no instruction or follow-up. The problem with this? Staying low FODMAP long-term actually does more damage to the gut than good. It eliminates all of the foods that help feed the healthy bacteria, and if someone doesn't reintroduce there is a
good chance the gut microbiome will be less than optimal.
The solution? Don't follow the low FODMAP diet long term. If eating foods higher in FODMAPs bothers your gut, there may be something else going on. Finding the root cause is very important and a way to be able to INCLUDE foods in your diet instead of eliminating them. It is best to work with a registered dietitian specialized in holistic gut health for this.
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