Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 6 Things to Know About a Low FODMAP Diet

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 6 Things to Know About a Low FODMAP Diet


Those with digestion issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) know all too well the discomfort of abdominal pain, intestinal gas and bloating that can occur after eating certain foods.

Thankfully, the recently popularized low FODMAP diet has proven effective for reducing these symptoms. In fact, it is increasingly being accepted and recommended as a dietary therapy for IBS by physicians. Before giving the low FODMAP diet a try, here are six important things to know.

1. What Are FODMAPs?

FODMAP is an acronym used to describe certain carbohydrates—specifically the short-chain variety—found in foods. According to FodmapFriendly.com, it stands for:

Fermentable

Oligosaccharides

Disaccharides

Monosaccharides

and

Polyols

In those who suffer from digestion problems like IBS, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders says FODMAPs “are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and rapidly fermented by bacteria in the gut.” The gas produced by these bacteria is a primary cause of the disorder’s symptoms.

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • The Very Real Pain of Fibromyalgia: An Infographic
    Often labeled an "imaginary condition", fibromyalgia (Fibra = Fiber, Myos = Muscle. Algia = Denoting Pain) is among the most prevalent musculoskeletal pain conditions, affecting...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Risk of MS One and a Half Times Higher For Overweight Girls
    A new study has linked obesity in girls with greater chances of developing multiple sclerosis or another similar MS illness.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 15 Home Remedies to Help Relieve Constipation
    Constipation is a painfully embarrassing condition, but our first instinct—rather than consulting a medical professional or talking to a friend about natural remedies—is to...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Causes and Symptoms for Gastroparesis
    Gastroparesis is the literal paralysis of the stomach, characterized by WebMD.com as a condition that inhibits the stomach from emptying properly.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Medical Facts on Primary Biliary Cholangitis
    Bile is a essential bodily fluid, it travels from the liver via the bile ducts to the small intestine to aid in the digestion of fatty vitamins and fats.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • IBS Symptoms And Inflammatory Bowel Disease Might Overlap
    The American College of Gastroenterology’s (ACG) research study suggests a possible overlap of symptoms of two GI disorders: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 15 Signs You May Have an Ulcer
    An ulcer is like a nasty canker sore (or crater) that typically develops either on the lining of the stomach (a gastric or peptic ulcer) or at the opening of the small intestine in...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • ALS vs. MS: Learning 12 Differences and Similarities
    They both have the word "sclerosis" in their name, but they're not the same thing. Multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – the latter also known as Lou...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Foods to Avoid With IBS: Control Your Symptoms
    Individuals with irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, can have difficulty controlling their symptoms.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Conditions Doctors Often Diagnose Wrong
    When painful indigestion, joint pain, or other unexplained health woes plague you for weeks and months on end, you naturally make an appointment with your doctor for answers.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Most Common Stress-Related Health Problems
    Stress is a feeling most everyone is familiar with. While it may sometimes serve a helpful purpose, such as pushing us beyond preconceived physical and mental boundaries, it is...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 5 Things to Know About Postbiotics, Including Benefits and Sources
    The gut contains million of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microscopic living things that are referred to as microbes.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Reasons to Eat Better that Have Nothing to Do with Weight Loss
    In the dead of winter, it’s difficult on to focus on the weight you’ve packed on while hibernating and binge watching Netflix.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Risk Factors for Developing Multiple Sclerosis
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that can have varying neurological symptoms from one patient to the next – ranging from minor disturbances in some patients to...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Gastritis Diet: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid
    A condition that involves the inflammation, irritation or erosion of the stomach lining, gastritis can occur suddenly or gradually as a result of many different factors.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice