Low FODMAP Diet for IBS; Are The Results Worth The Effort?


By Sarah Ryan

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 1 in 10 American adults and most of my clients. This digestive issue comes with the added bonus of no known cure, meaning healthcare professionals are turning to dietary solutions to help reduce the uncomfortable flare-ups of IBS symptoms.

One diet that has seen significant results in 76% of patients is the low FODMAP diet. Still, it remains a controversial treatment due to its associated risks of nutritional deficiencies. It can also be notoriously difficult to follow.

But What Is FODMAP?

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, and they are all slightly different sugars. The name itself is a mouthful, which is funny, considering many doctors believe the diet is actually too restrictive. Most agree that it should not be attempted without professional guidance from a registered nutritionist or dietician.

High FODMAP foods contain components many people with IBS…

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