If you are a physician or mid-level provider recommending low-FODMAP diets to your patients, congratulations on your savvy! You are offering your patients not just hope, but real relief! Today I'm sharing some tips to help you present the diet to patients safely and effectively, while avoiding some common pitfalls.
A person with IBS has a digestive system that does not function properly, even though nothing appears to be medically wrong. This state of affairs can be quite frustrating if you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation. You may wish for more certain answers about the cause of your symptoms, but the reality is they are not always available. Going down the rabbit hole of the internet will quickly turn up a long list of scary conditions that have these symptoms, too. Although it’s natural to be concerned about these other possibilities, especially if you’ve known someone with inflammatory bowel disease or some sort of cancer, I’d like to help settle your nerves with this post.
Q. What foods should I look for in my diet to see if I am eating too many FODMAPs?
A. “Too many FODMAPs” means something different for everyone. Still, there are certain things I have learned to look for when I’m reviewing someone’s food diary to figure out whether their usual diet is high in FODMAPs.
National Nutrition Month (March) is a great time to talk about the nutrition practitioners who appear on my Find a FODMAP Dietitian directory. These are credentialed healthcare professionals you can turn to for expert help with your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
People who experience fructose intolerance are predisposed to react poorly to large loads of other rapidly fermentable, osmotically active carbohydrates, too. Therefore, many people with FM will find the FODMAP approach helpful.