The Low FODMAP Diet
What Is Low FODMAP?
FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo- saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols.
These FODMAP’s are a group of carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the gut and as a result, contribute to many of the digestive symptoms typical in IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and functional bowel syndrome sufferers.
In recent years it has been shown that restriction of these FODMAPS can cause digestive symptoms to settle, upon reintroduction, the individual can discover which particular FODMAPs they are intolerant to.
What Is Low FODMAP Diet?
The low FODMAP diet is a treatment for IBS and functional bowel syndrome which has been found in recent years to be highly effective when supervised by a trained Dietitian. Some people with other digestive problems such as Crohns disease may find that a low FODMAP diet helps their digestive symptoms between flares of their disease.
At Stanner Nutrition clinic a recent audit showed that we have successfully improved symptoms in 90% of the clients we have treated with the low FODMAP diet.
The diet involves firstly following a strict low FODMAP diet until digestive symptoms have settled. Then high FODMAP foods are reintroduced one at a time, in order to find out which FODMAPs trigger your digestive symptoms.
Once the process has been completed, clients can feel that they have more control of what their individual symptom triggers are, which gives them greater control when eating out or on holidays as well as during their everyday lives.
The low FODMAP diet can be complex and confusing, having a trained dietitian who can guide you smoothly through the process is the safest and most effective way to tackle low FODMAP.
At Stanner Nutrition Clinic we provide regular telephone or email support to our clients throughout the low FODMAP process, so you can be assured that you will always have a point of contact in between appointments, so you can ask any questions or get support or reassurances when you most need them.
Mairi has undergone specialist training at Kings College, London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, to guide you through the low FODMAP elimination and reintroduction process.
Your consultation will be supported by low FODMAP diet sheets and low FODMAP food lists produced by Kings College and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which contain the most up to date information regarding low FODMAP food and drink.