FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly. Some people experience digestive distress after eating them. Some of the symptoms that people may develop, if they are intolerant of these foods high in fodmap, include stomach bloating and distention, intestinal gas and flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and cramps.
With a low FODMAP diet, you are eliminating foods that are high in FODMAP. Once your intestinal symptoms improve, it would be appropriate to slowly resume their consumption to see which one of these foods causes you intestinal problems. If you're fortunate to identify these foods, you would want to avoid or limit them while not worrying too much about the other foods that aren't problematic for you.
In this podcast, I speak with Lauren Mahesri, registered dietitian with Liver Specialists of Texas. Lauren will outline the approach to intestinal gas, the low FODMAP diet, the pros and cons of such a diet, and how to approach certain food sensitivities. For more information on FODMAP diet and foods that are both high and low, follow the links that we include for you below.
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