If you’ve been reading my posts, then I’m sure you have heard me refer to FODMAP more than once. Nope, not a typo! Have you gotten curious yet? Are you dying to know what is FODMAP (probably not, but you should be!)? Imagine a world with less gas, bloating and discomfort! It is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. Ok, I promise not to be that science-y (not even a word, is that better?). But really, what is that and what does it mean? FODMAPs are a series of short chain carbohydrates that produce IBS-like (Irritable Bowl Syndrome) symptoms in some people. Also, sometimes those people (like ME) show improvement in IBS-like symptoms with the elimination or reduction of these carbohydrates.
A few months back I grew tired of accepting my oh so unpleasant (and preventable) tummy discomfort. I started doing research on the elimination diet to help identify food allergies but it was so restrictive! I also started to realize my tummy would bloat pretty bad after eating onions and garlic…hmmm. I started looking into that when I stumbled across FODMAP diet. I had no idea what it meant or even how to pronounce it (it is fahd-map by the way)! Eager to learn more, I went to Amazon and bought this:
I can honestly say this is one of the best things I have ever bought! Finally a book to really explain IBS and how to eliminate the symptoms with some food changes. The result: a happier tummy and a bunch of new motivation for the food blog. Be a good friend and share!
Some other good resources are:
- Monash University – legit research + be sure to download their app – it’s the best!
- A Little Bit Yummy
- Calm Belly Kitchen
- Kate Scarlata
Feel free to reach out with questions as it can be a bit daunting at first!
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