What are FODMAPs?

Maybe you’ve heard the term before or seen low FODMAP products at the supermarket, but don’t really know what it all means. So, what exactly are FODMAPs?

What is IBS?

Firstly, let’s discuss irritable bowel syndrome, otherwise referred to as IBS. This condition affects 1 in 7 people, that’s 15% of the world’s population!¹

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IBS is a disorder affecting the large intestine, characterised with unpleasant symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.¹

The cause of IBS isn’t well understood, although the symptoms of IBS can be managed with changes to lifestyle, stress and diet. It is important to seek medical diagnosis of IBS, as many other conditions such as coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer have similar symptoms to IBS.¹

What are FODMAPs?

FODMAPs are a group of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that are found naturally in many foods or food additives. People who suffer from IBS have difficulty digesting these sugars, which leads to the symptoms of IBS.²

The acronym FODMAP stands for:

F = Fermentable (broken down “fermented” by bacteria in large bowel)

O = Oligosaccharides (“oligo” means few and “saccharide” means sugar. These molecules are made up of linked individual sugars)

D = Disaccharides (“di” means two, so a double sugar molecule)

M = Monosaccharides (“mono” means single, so single sugar molecule)

And

P = Polyols (sugar alcohols) *²

*Source: https://fodmapfriendly.com/what-are-fodmaps/

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Low FODMAP Diet

A diet low in FODMAPs can help relieve symptoms in people with medically diagnosed IBS. Low FODMAP diets have been shown to improve quality of life, reduce bloating and abdominal pain, and improve bowel habits.¹

It is recommended that a low FODMAP diet be commenced under the guidance of a specialist dietitian. The below chart are examples of High FODMAP & Low FODMAP foods:

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Mrs Tran’s Kitchen FODMAP Friendly Products

At Mrs Tran’s Kitchen, we are proud to announce four of our popular Gluten-Free products have recently received FODMAP Friendly certification.

These four products have been tested and certified low FODMAP, so people who follow a low FODMAP diet can now enjoy them with confidence.

The Mrs. Tran’s Kitchen premium range of products are available from a wide selection of IGA stores and independent retailers across Australia. Find your nearest stockist here.

For more information on IBS & FODMAPs visit:

¹  https://www.monashfodmap.com/

²  https://fodmapfriendly.com/

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