Gluten free and the low FODMAP Diet – Understanding the difference
Low FODMAP Diet, Charlene Grosse FODMAP Dietitian Perth
Gluten and FODMAPs are becoming household terms and are often used interchangeably. But are they the same thing? The simple answer is NO. Gluten free does not mean FODMAP friendly, as you will soon learn.
What is the difference between a gluten free diet and a low FODMAP diet?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat (including spelt), barley, & rye that people with coeliac disease cannot digest. If a person with coeliac disease consumes gluten it results in an immune reaction with inflammation and damage to the small bowel. Coeliac disease affects 1 in 70 in Australians and needs to be ruled out when gastrointestinal symptoms occur.
FODMAPs are poorly absorbed sugars that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, excessive wind and abdominal discomfort/pain commonly seen in IBS. IBS affects 1 in 7 Australians and is the most common condition presenting to gastroenterologists.