May 22, 2019

The gastrointestinal tract, or gut, is a complex organ that is responsible for the digestion of food and excretion of indigestible material. For people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms in the gut, such as bloating, lower abdominal discomfort or pain, diarrhoea and constipation can significantly impact on the person's quality of life. For many years, effective dietary management was limited until researchers at Monash University developed the FODMAP diet. 

FODMAP stands for:

Fermentable

Oligosaccharides

Disaccharides

Monosaccharides

And

Polyols

These FODMAPs are non-digested carbohydrates found in a range of foods that for some people can cause symptoms. We know that 3 out of 4 people with diagnosed IBS will get improvement in their symptoms through undergoing the FODMAP elimination diet. It is important to note that this diet is temporary, and through elimination, challenges to establish tolerance levels of particular FODMAPs and, finally, an individualised eating diet plan is the best strategy to a healthy diet. As a dietitian with expertise in managing people with IBS and the FODMAP diet, Michelle can help you navigate this complex diet to find the right balance for you.





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