What are FODMAPs?
FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. The term FODMAP is an acronym, deriving from “Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols”.
The restriction of these FODMAPs from the diet has been found to have a beneficial effect for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome and other functional gastrointestinal disorders. The low FODMAP diet was originaly developed at Monash University in Melbourne.
The FODMAP diet is not a lifetime diet. The very strict low FODMAP phase of the diet should be followed for a period of maximum of 6 weeks.
The next phase, the reintroduction phase, can help to provide knowledge of the FODMAP tollerance for each group.
We believe people have the most benefits when they follow the diet under the guidance of an experienced dietitian, to find out their personal level of acceptable tolerance. To find a dietitian, please look at our database.