FODMAP stands for Fermented Oligsaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. It’s a mouthful! And one of the best therapies for IBS symptoms.
FODMAP’s are classes of foods that can cause fermentation (gas/bloating/pain) and are highly osmotic (pull water in - leading to diarrhea).
Most of the foods on the list are very healthy foods! But certain people can’t handle them well. It’s not a cure-all solution for everyone, but it’s LIFE CHANGING for those people who it does work for.
Oligosaccharides: found in wheat, rye, onions, garlic, and beans.
Disaccharides: lactose (most dairy products)
Monosaccharides: High fructose-containing foods such as honey, agave, high fructose corn syrup and high-fructose fruits such as apples, bananas, cherries, mango, nectarines, grapefruit, blackberries, and dried fruits.
Polyols: sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, etc.
*Note: It's important to work with a dietitian who understands the diet and can guide you in making decisions.