What are FODMAPs?
FODMAPs are fermentable sugars and carbohydrates that are not properly digested, leading to the umbrella of symptoms common to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The low FODMAP diet is proven in clinical trials - and real life - to reduce digestive symptoms in about 70% of those with IBS. The goal with a low FODMAP diet is to reduce severity and frequency of digestive symptoms, as well as define trigger foods.
FODMAP is an acronym that stands for the chemical names of the sugars and carbohydrates within the foods common to this diet:
Shannon has completed Monash University's low FODMAP diet training designed for dietitians. She has also been following an adapted low FODMAP diet since 2015. With clients, Shannon integrates the most recent research with the practical skills she's learnt from navigating reduced FODMAPs in her own diet.
Through Shannon's personal experience following an adapted low FODMAP diet and working with clients with IBS, she finds starting with a strict FODMAP elimination diet this is not always the most practical or necessary approach. Each client's first steps with the FODMAP diet are discussed during their initial appointment taking into account symptom severity, food preferences, cooking preferences, and lifestyle.
Resources & Recipes
The research behind the use of the low FODMAP diet started at Monash University in Australia - an excellent resource for reliable resources, recipes and information about FODMAPs.
Find more resources and recipes from FODMAP everyday and registered dietitian Kate Scarlata.