October 22, 2015 4:19 pm 3 Comments
What are FODMAP Foods?
This is a diet aimed at helping people with bowel problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID). In 1999 Dr Sue Shepherd and Dr Peter Gibson first developed this diet, having found that by reducing specific foods, symptoms could be controlled and reduced. Followed strictly, it does involve major dietary restrictions, so you should always get medical advice before starting if you think it may help you.
Fodmap is an acronym for:
Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.
so you can appreciate why an acronym is handy here! Basically, these are carbohydrates that ferment rapidly in the gut and produce gas, and which are also highly osmotic, drawing water into the large bowel.
Much research has taken place over the years and there is ongoing discussion as to the pros and cons of this diet. There is lots of evidence of big benefits, but followed exactly, it could lead to unbalanced nutrition, so professional advice is important to avoid creating other problems.
Some foods, such as cabbage and onions, may seem quite obvious, but perhaps pears and cashews are not so expected. It’s helpful to focus on the Low FODMAP foods really, as there are loads of tasty things there, while the full High list can be a bit daunting.
Orgran and Tummy-Friendly Fructose-Free Foods
The gluten-free food manufacturer from Australia, Orgran, has started to put their own ‘tummy friendly ‘ logo onto their foods that are compliant with this diet. Everything Orgran make is gluten-free and around half of the products have the Tummy Friendly smiley logo shown at the top of this article.
You can find pasta, pancake mix and flours in the range, along with breakfast cereals and crispbreads, custard and cake mix!
See the Tummy Friendly Orgran range here :
Research and more information
Useful links to find out more:
Monash University (Australia) Fodmap research
Sue Shepherd Ideas and recipes from the original researcher
Living Happy with IBS an American blog, with lots of practical information and lists
Practical Gastroenterology Article 2012 Reasonably complex article.
Orgran Tummy Friendly Australian website
This post was written by Sue