What does FODMAP stand for?
FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. FODMAPs are a group of poorly absorbed, fermentable carbohydrates that can act to produce gastrointestinal symptoms and digestive discomfort.
How do FODMAPs cause digestive problems?
Current research provides evidence that some FODMAPs, such as fructose or lactose are not well absorbed in the small intestine in all people. Other FODMAPs cannot be broken down, and require bacterial enzymes to break their chemical bonds. These FODMAPs continue through the intestinal pipeline where they are fermented by the bacteria in your gut to produce various gasses, which cause bloating and abdominal distension. This can be quite painful and cause cramping pain. FODMAPs can also pull water into the intestines, which can cause pain as well as diarrhea.
Should I see a doctor before starting a low FODMAP diet?
If you experience ongoing or sudden onset of symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, or constipation you should seek professional medical advice.
Are there tests to determine if my symptoms are caused by FODMAPs?
After eliminating other possible causes, your doctor may determine that FODMAPs could be the root of your digestive problems. There are several breath tests available, which your doctor may order for you to help inform whether you have trouble digesting fructose or lactose.
How do I know if a low FODMAP diet is right for me?
If you suffer from ongoing gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea and bloating, a low FODMAP diet may help you manage these symptoms. Before making any changes to your diet, however, you should first talk with your doctor and/or dietitian.
Do I need to be on a low FODMAP diet forever?
Not necessarily. After you feel better on a low FODMAP diet, you can gradually begin to add foods higher in FODMAPs to your diet. Once you’ve learned which fermentable sugar(s) your body tolerates and which it does not, you can eliminate just those. It may be helpful to work with a dietitian to help you sort this out. But you can always feel assured that TrueSelf™ food products will be low in ALL FODMAPs.