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Jul 23

What are FODMAPs?

FODMAP is the acronym for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Monosaccharides and Polyols.  FODMAPs are a type of carbohydrate (or “sugar”) found in certain foods that are not easily absorbed by the bowel.

In common language, if your “gut” reacts to FODMAPs, get ready for a very restrictive diet.  It basically means that you are both gluten and lactose intolerant and don’t absorb fructose properly.  You need to eliminate or at least greatly reduce:

  • gluten products
  • lactose
  • fructose & glucose
  • high fructose corn syrup

Symptoms include: abdominal discomfort, distention, bloating, fullness, nausea and/or pain after eating foods containing FODMAPS.  Symptoms can appear within 30 minutes of consuming FODMAPs or even up to 2 hours after ingestion.

For people with irritable bowel syndrome, a slow moving gut, or other bowel disorders, you may be able to improve, or even eliminate, discomfort by eliminating FODMAPs.

I have been suffering from “stomach issues” for as long as I can remember, since becoming FODMAP-free, my symptoms are GONE!!

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  1. Dee

    Hi, would love to chat more about this…I’m 32..my story is way more complicated…but wondering if u can email if possible? Also, are you a health, fit, vibrant weight? etc…thanks!

    1. LIVING FODMAP Free

      Our email address is info@fodmapliving.com

  2. Anita Oleksy

    I find that I am reacting in varying degrees to the different groups in FODMAP. I don’t seem to have much, if any, reaction to the Mannitol foods. Is it possible to be a malabsorber of some, but not all of the FODMAPS?

    Also, I have read recently that Pink Lady and Granny Smith apples do not have fructans? (I react strongly to apples.) Does this mean I might be able to eat these varieties? But I still have to worry about the fructose, right?

    1. LIVING FODMAP Free

      One of the most difficult things about the FODMAP diet is that not everyone reacts the same to every “trigger”. For example, some people react strongly to coconut and almonds, but we have had good luck with these. So, the short answer to your question is, YES! You could react to some, but not all, foods in a FODMAP group. The most effective approach is to try a complete FODMAP elimination diet for a month and then add back in “can’t live without foods, one-at-a-time, and track any symptoms. Hope this helps!

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