Top 5 reasons you should know about FODMAP
If you keep up to date in the wide world of nutrition theres a large chance you’ve come across the all new trend of the Low FODMAP diet. Even if you didn’t notice it before, trust me you will now.
So why is it so popular? And what is it all about? Well firstly, the acronym is used for a reason…because what FODMAP stands for is; Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And, Polyols and no-one wants to say that combination of words more than once!
So below are the 5 reasons to consider the Low FODMAP diet:
- FODMAP was the result of PhD research – Sue Shepherd was the creator of this term after undertaking a PhD research and other studies that proved FODMAPs could trigger symptoms of IBS. Sue therefore discovered that limiting the FODMAPs in food could have great rewards for people with IBS or those susceptible to these symptoms.
- FODMAP’s are all additives – Basically, FODMAP’s are a collection of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in foods naturally or as food additives. These additives are of course not natural or organic and therefore a big ‘no no’ in the world of nutrition.
- It specifically helps IBS symptoms – which around 1 in 5 Australian’s experience in their lifetime. It has been scientifically proven that the Low FODMAP diet can significantly IBS symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, nausea and inconsistent bowel movements.
- It can benefit everyone, not only IBS sufferers – The Low FODMAP diet isn’t only great for people with IBS though, as I mentioned above, none of these additives are a benefit to the body, causing only more work for the digestive system.
- It improves energy & focus – A Low FODMAP Diet has also been proven to reduce symptoms of fatigue, lethargy and poor concentration, resulting in higher energy levels and focus.
If you didn’t know anything about FODMAP, now you do! This doesn’t mean that you personally need to consider a Low FODMAP diet, however, you may know someone who will benefit from it, so its definitely worth spreading the word.
By Cassandra Northey – Cassandra has been passionate about health and wellness her entire life and has recently started sharing her love and knowledge for this in her writing. Once graduating from university with a B.Comm. Cassandra has worked as a freelance writer/blogger on health and wellness topics discovering more each day through her research. Her main goal is to help people achieve the healthiest and happiest version of themselves from the inside out through her writing.