What is the low FODMAP diet?
The low FODMAP diet is a diet that limits foods that are high in FODMAPs.
It is very important to note that this is NOT a long-term diet, nor is it a NO fodmap diet. Broadly speaking, there are two stages to this diet outlined below that should be followed in order to achieve best results. The Low Fodmap diet is not a fad or weight loss diet, it is a diet specifically designed to reduce symptoms of IBS. A syndrome that affects 1 in 7 people.
Whilst every individual is different, as a broad outline, the Low Fodmap diet had two key stages :
The first phase of the Low FODMAP Diet generally involves the strict restriction of all high FODMAP foods for 4-6 weeks. The dietitian will help identify these foods and will suggest alternatives to ensure the diet is nutritionally adequate. The symptom response over this period should be noted, and a review appointment with the dietitian will then provide guidance on the second phase.
The second phase is where foods that were restricted in the first phase are reintroduced gradually and the diet is liberalised to suit each individual. This is where the type and amount of FODMAPs that can be tolerated by the individual are identified so that their longer term diet can be established. It is very important to determine the level of FODMAPs that can be comfortably tolerated, so that the prebiotic effects of FODMAPs can be enjoyed and the diet is not overly restricted. The dietitian will provide guidance on the reintroduction process to help minimise symptoms and to ensure maximum variety is achieved in the diet. The end result should be a long term diet that is lower in the problematic FODMAPs for the individual than were originally consumed, but is not as FODMAP-restricted as the first phase of the diet.
The video below visually explains what FODMAPs are and the Low FODMAP diet is:
LofoFoodie also recommends consulting with a qualified Low Fodmap Dietitian to determine the best course of action for your individual circumstance.
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