Low FODMAP Plan and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Marianne is a Registered Dietitian trained extensively in the FODMAP dietary protocol.

She will guide you through the two phases (Elimination & Challenge) of the Low FODMAP plan and then tailor your eating style to your specific individual needs. A Low FODMAP elimination diet helps 75% of people with IBS feel better.

Call or email to schedule an appointment with Marianne to learn more about the Low FODMAP plan.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is defined by chronic, relapsing symptoms including lower abdomen pain and discomfort, bloat, gas, distention and altered bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation or both). One in seven adults suffer with IBS.  A Low FODMAP dietary plan is not a cure for IBS but can effectively manage symptoms. 

Low FODMAP Plan – the FODMAP concept was developed by researchers at Monash University in Australia. Researchers found that by reducing the overall dietary load of high FODMAP foods, bothersome gastrointestinal symptoms can be minimized or eliminated, The FODMAP protocol has two phases. First, you eliminate all high FODMAP foods (known as Elimination phase).  Next, you introduce each FODMAP “group of foods” individually and systematically (called the Challenge Phase) to determine which FODMAP group is causing the most IBS symptoms.  

What Does FODMAP stand for?  FODMAP is an acronym that describes the short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly digested by humans.  FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols.

Fermentable – refers to the process through which gut bacteria degrade undigested carbohydrates to produce gases including hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide.  FODMAPS pull more water into the gut to be broken down by bacteria in a process called fermentation.

Oligosaccharides – are made of fructans and galacto-oliosaccharides (GOS). Fructans are found in foods like wheat, rye, onion and garlic and GOS are found in legumes and dried peas. 

Disaccharides – refers to carbohydrates composed of two sugars called monosaccharides. Lactose is a common disaccharides found in dairy products like milk and ice cream. 

Monosaccharides include simple sugars such as fructose and glucose. Consuming foods that are high in fructose but low in glucose (for example – honey, apples) can cause fructose malabsorption and IBS symptoms.

Polyols are sugar alcohols (for example sorbitol and mannitol) that are found in some fruits and vegetables.  They are often extracted and uses as artificial sweeteners.

(Source: Monash University, Department of Gastroenterology)