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.