What is a Low FODMAP Diet?

Have you or a family member been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

If your doctor has diagnosed you or your family member with IBS, you may have have been told to try following a Low FODMAP diet. Additionally, fructose malabsorption is a common cause of IBS that can be treated through a low FODMAP diet. But what exactly does FODMAP mean?

FODMAP stands for:

  • Fermentable – indigestible carbohydrates that produce gas
  • Oligosaccharides – includes fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides found in legumes, wheat, rye, garlic, and onions
  • Disaccharides – the lactose that is found in milk and many dairy products
  • Monosaccharides – fructose which is found in fruits like apples and pears as well as high fructose corn syrup
  • And
  • Polyols – sugar alcohols sorbitol and mannitol which are found naturally in some fruits and vegetables are well as some artificial sweeteners

A low FODMAP diet reduces or eliminates foods with these sugars to help with the symptoms of IBS. Typically, your doctor will have you remove all foods high in FODMAP from your diet for two to six weeks. Then you reintroduce foods one at a time to determine whether or not you can tolerate a certain food, and in what amount. 1

The recipes on FODMAP Free Mom are here to give you lots of options for family friendly, low FODMAP meals that will allow you to enjoy many of your favorite foods without sacrificing flavor. And many of our recipes can be easily adapted to meet your unique tolerances to certain foods. Be sure to check out all our delicious dinners, lunches, snacks, and desserts. Reducing your IBS symptoms doesn’t mean sacrificing the food you love!

Gluten free sloppy joe safe for fructose malabsorption
  1. https://www.monashfodmap.com/about-fodmap-and-ibs/ ↩︎