Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols (FODMAPs) are found in the foods we eat. FODMAPs are sugars that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and reach the large intestine where they produce gas and attract water.
FODMAPs are a large group of dietary sugars found in many common foods such as specific dairy products, wheat and other grains, and fruits and vegetables. While FODMAPs are poorly absorbed in all people, those with specific gut disorders such as IBS are thought to experience the uncomfortable symptoms due to the gut being unusually sensitive.
A Low FODMAP Diet is usually recommended for 6-8 weeks at a time. Progress should be assessed by an accredited dietitian. They will help advise which foods can be gradually re-introduced into your specific diet. It is essential to develop a strategy and plan ahead. Work with your dietitian to develop easy and tasty meal plans. Ask for a low FODMAP shopping guide. Maintaining a low FODMAP pantry is key to sustaining a Low FODMAP Diet.
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