Brisbane Gut Nutritionist
Nutrition and IBS
It is common for those with IBS to either have heard of the low FODMAP diet, tried it but the diet was too restrictive to complete or the diet didn’t provide symptom relief.
For some, the low FODMAP diet does provide much needed symptom relief and understandably, they decide to remain on the diet long term for fear of their symptoms returning.
However, research suggests that following the low FODMAP diet for longer than intended can alter the balance of gut bacteria and in some cases, lead to nutrient deficiencies. This is because reactions to high FODMAP foods are a symptom of IBS and not necessarily the root cause.
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Reactions to high FODMAP foods are a symptom of IBS and not the root cause
The science behind the low FODMAP diet
FODMAPs are fermentable carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine – meaning they can travel to the large intestine where the majority of our gut bacteria live. Here, gut bacteria have the capacity to break FODMAPS down, and for those with IBS, this can lead to symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel movements.
What does FODMAP mean?
How the Low FODMAP diet works
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
It’s important to note that the low FODMAP diet should be done under the guidance of a trained healthcare professional, as the diet requires careful planning and guidance to ensure adequate nutrient intake.
Who can a low FODMAP diet treat
Research has shown that the low FODMAP diet can be effective in reducing symptoms for approximately 70% of people with IBS. However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach, and your trained healthcare professional can provide guidance on the suitability of the diet for you.