A month ago today was my lucky day! I visited the FODMAP lab at Monash University. I was at Monash to attend the FODMAP Seminar to be hosted by the Department of Gastroenterology the next day--yes, I traveled for days each way to attend a 6 1/2-hour seminar. It was well worth it. I loved every minute of my trip to Australia.
My guides for the lab tour were CK, a graduate student at Monash, and Kelly, the laboratory technician who does the FODMAP analyses.
They say that big things come in small packages. I was surprised to see that the center of the FODMAP universe is one smallish room! I wonder if Kelly realizes, as she goes about her tasks, that the work of her hands means so much to thousands of people around the world?
There is a detailed protocol for collecting multiple samples of the food to be analysed, freeze-drying it, measuring it, mixing it into solution and putting is into a special machine for analysis. Everything must be meticulously documented at every step of the way.
So far, several hundred foods have been analyzed for FODMAPs. May there be many more! It is slow and expensive work. Proceeds from the purchase of the Monash University iphone/ipad app are used to fund the ongoing work of this lab, which benefits all of us.
More about my trip to Australia (and the 80 loaves of American bread I brought with me) in my next post.