What are FODMAPs?
FODMAPs are a collection of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that are found within foods. FODMAP is an abbreviation for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols. Occurring both naturally and in food additives, these can be very hard to digest. When FODMAPs pass through the digestive tract, they can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine leaving the rest of their journey very troublesome. As they arrive in the large intestine, they serve as a food source for naturally occurring bacteria. The FODMAPs are then digested and fermented by these bacteria which cause the uncomfortable symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These symptoms include abdominal bloating, constipation, diarrhea, excess gas, abdominal pain, and nausea.
A diet low in FODMAPs has been scientifically proven to provide relief for people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and irritable bowel symptoms. In addition to reducing abdominal bloating, changes in bowel habits, and stomach pain, it has also been proven to increase concentration, energy, and liveliness.