#38 - IBS AND THE LOW FODMAP DIET
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is characterised by bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain and altered bowel habits (diarrhoea and or constipation). The underlying pathology of IBS is not well understood and a number of factors may trigger symptoms.
Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols (FODMAPs) are found in the food 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. They are not the cause of IBS, but managing them in the diet provides an opportunity for reducing IBS symptoms.
Foods high in FODMAPs include:
Unripened cheeses ( eg cottage, ricotta)
Interested in the Low FODMAP Diet? Check out the App from Monash University.