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Low FODMAP Diet

The low FODMAP diet is a relatively new treatment developed in Australia which aims to control the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome through dietary modification.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) falls into a family of problems referred to as functional bowel disorders. Symptoms can include wind, bloating, diarrhoea, nausea and abdominal cramps amongst others.

It is now thought that certain dietary components, referred to as FODMAPs (Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols), are fermented within the large bowel and can trigger IBS symptoms (wind, bloating, diarrhoea etc.) in susceptible people.

The low FODMAP diet reduces these dietary components to relieve symptoms and studies have shown that 76% of patients seen by a dietitian trained in the low FODMAP diet experience an improvement in their symptoms.

The Low FODMAP diet is an exclusion diet and is not intended as a long term plan.  Anybody wishing to start a low FODMAP diet is reccomended to seek advice from a qualified dietitian to gain information about both the exclusion and reintroduction phases of the diet.

If you are suffering from IBS and would like further information, contact the IBS Network.