|non-bloated tummy freedom could be right around the corner...|
Do you have irritable bowel (IBS) symptoms? Bloating, cramping and a delightfully random mix of constipation and diarrhoea after eating? You can never quite isolate everything that triggers you. Gluten-free diets haven't sufficed. Lactose free hasn't completely done the trick. It's a Mystery.
It could be FODMAPS.
FODMAPS are a bunch of carbohydrates, an acronym for:
This graphic I found online spells it out quite nicely:
image by experimentpublishingco.
Foods high in FODMAPS that trigger symptoms include:
- apples, pears, mangos, plums, apricots
- onion, garlic, leeks, peas, snowpeas, cauliflower, cabbage, mushrooms
- milk, icecream, yoghurt, soft cheeses such as ricotta
- beans, legumes, chickpeas
- almonds, hazelnuts, wheat, rye, barley, oats, artificial sweeteners, honey.
Yes, basically most things.
I've had IBS since I was 12 years old. Nothing I did helped. So recently, after over 20 years of living with it, I took myself to a gastroenterologist who promptly diagnosed FODMAP intolerance and put me on a strict low FODMAP diet (total exclusion of the above mentioned foods and more!).
It's been fun.
I say that with sour sarcasm.
But unfortunately or fortunately (however you wish to look at it) the damn diet has worked.
I am completely IBS-symptom free. And I never thought I'd live to say that.
So, moral of the story is that if you've been experiencing IBS symptoms and haven't found a satisfactory treatment, ask your doctor about FODMAPS and try a low FODMAP diet. Monash University have a fantastic smartphone app to guide you.
And since this stuff applies to lots of people and not just those who are intolerant, I'll be sharing FODMAP friendly recipes here on The Society Co. Sign up to stay updated.
Comments? Questions? Fire away below!