Diet and food trends come and go, very few backed up by hard science, but FODMAPs are here to stay. FODMAP stands for fermented, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. These are all short-chain carbohydrates, or sugars, that are fermented in the gut and for some people create more discomfort, in the form of gas, when broken down. Research shows that for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, trying a low-FODMAP diet may help ease symptoms. It’s important to determine which FODMAP containing foods you digest versus which ones may be the culprit in your symptoms, and following a well-planned Low FODMAP diet can help you do that.
Research on FODMAPs originated at Monash University in Australia. They have a wealth of information, and have even created an app to help people following a low FODMAP lifestyle. Some store bought foods are now designating themselves as low-FODMAP, but most importantly many fruits, veggies, and grains are low in FODMAPs.
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Try this low-FODMAP fruit salad and see how happy it makes your tummy!
Low-FODMAP Fruit Salad
This makes enough to serve about 8-10, ½ c servings.
1 basket of strawberries
1 small pineapple
Fresh mint, cleaned and chopped to make about 1 tablespoon
Cut all the fruit into equivalent bite sized pieces. Toss with mint and serve.