Low FODMAP diet- why the reintroduction is so important!

The low FODMAP diet consists of two phases, the elimination phase and the reintroduction phase.
As a dietitian who works to support clients throughout the low FODMAP process, I sometimes find that there can sometimes be a real sense of reluctance moving from the elimination phase to the reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP process. This is because clients often feel so happy to have found something which relieves their IBS symptoms, often after struggling with these for many years, that they just don’t want to put themselves at risk of those symptoms recurring, even if for a short time.
I have summarised some of the really important benefits to the reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet below.

1) Reintroduction allows you to find out which FODMAPs you are sensitive to- most people aren’t sensitive to all FODMAPs.
2) Once you know which FODMAPs you can have without symptoms you can reintroduce them into your diet, which makes your diet more varied and interesting.
3) Avoiding only the FODMAPs you are sensitive to makes eating out and holidays easier, as there is less to restrict, giving you greater choice with food.
4) A low FODMAP diet will affect the amount and number of bacteria in your gut because FODMAPs are prebiotics, meaning that they are a fuel source for colonic bacteria. Some of these bacteria are extremely beneficial for overall health and long term disease prevention- so reintroducing as many FODMAPs as possible will minimise the risks of adversely affecting your gut bacteria.
5) Following a restrictive diet long term may lead to nutritional inadequacies, reintroducing as many foods as you possibly can will lead to a more varied and ultimately a more nutritionally balanced and healthy diet.

This is often the time where people really do benefit from the support of a FODMAP trained dietitian, , if you feel that you need some support with any aspect of the low FODMAP diet process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with FODMAP trained Dietitian, Mairi Wilcock today!


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