Did you know…
Gut problems are the second most frequent reason people in the UK seek medical help after the common cold! – that’s every 1 in 12 visits to the GP. Around 77% of the British population suffer from constipation.
FODMAPs is an acronym for a bunch of carbohydrates and sugars found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people. They stand for:
The low FODMAP diet was founded by Dr Sue Shepherd in 1999 and is increasingly becoming known as an effective treatment for those with IBS and other stomach illnesses – with 86% of patients seeing improvement in their gut symptoms.
The food culprits we are advised to avoid in the diet include; Lactose – milk, unripened cheese, and sadly ice cream! Excess Fructose – found in sweeteners such as honey and agave, and fruits like apples, peaches and mangoes. Fructans – onion and garlic are the main offenders, along with wheat and rye. And Polyols – avocados and plums, legumes, beans and some artificial sweeteners. To name but a few…
It’s all very complex and the research being carried out at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, is constantly evolving! Updates are available on their app or website: http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/
I have had a long and pretty tough journey over the last few years working my way around the low-fodmap diet, but some blogs and websites completely saved me from food hell! My favourite recipes and general advice are taken from websites like:
Any questions, email me and I’ll find the answer 🙂