What is the Low-FODMAP Diet?
- FODMAP refers to a group of five sugars found in certain foods. These sugars are lactose, fructose (in excess), fructans, galactans and polyols. Specifically, FODMAP stands for:
For some people, FODMAPs are poorly absorbed. When this happens, symptoms may include:
- Bloating or swelling in your belly.
- Belly pain.
- Diarrhea (loose stool).
- Constipation (hard stool or trouble passing stool).
- The low-FODMAP diet has two phases, eliminating and then reintroducing FODMAP sugars. This helps you figure out which sugars cause symptoms at what amount.
- It is very important to work with your doctor or dietitian when thinking about following the low-FODMAP diet.
- Do not start the low-FODMAP diet until your doctor or dietitian tells you to and gives you detailed instructions on how to follow the diet the right way.