A FODMAP elimination diet is an evidence-based diet that helps up to 75% of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and some other gastrointestinal disorders effectively manage debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms.
FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols) are sugars that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and are fermented by bacteria to produce gas.
FODMAPs are found in a wide variety of foods and include:
Fructose in excess of glucose (Found in certain fruits and honey)
Lactose (found in milk and milk products)
Sugar polyols such as sorbitol and mannitol (found in some fruits and vegetables and often added as artificial sweeteners)
Fructans (found in wheat, rye, onions and garlic, some fruits and vegetables)
Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) (found in legumes such as baked beans, lentils and chickpeas)
More about low FODMAP foods can be found on our FODMAP 101 blog