Can I try the low FODMAP diet?

The low FODMAP diet is an exciting dietary approach for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (See previous blog post – The low FODMAP diet). It is quite a complex diet, but for many the benefits far outweigh the complexity.

Please don’t eliminate any food from your diet without the support of a Dietitian!

Seek out a FODMAP trained Dietitian before starting the low FODMAP diet. Here’s why………..

 1/ There are many high FODMAP foods. Eliminating these foods from your diet can lead to a nutritional deficiency.

2/ It’s hard, really hard to follow a low FODMAP diet. High FODMAP foods often ‘work together’ to produce symptoms  – Dietitian support is crucial to ensure it is followed correctly to give you the best chance of reducing your symptoms. Which is what it’s all about!

Low FODMAP diet

Low FODMAP diet

3/ Many of the high FODMAP foods are ‘food’ for the good bacteria that live in your bowel. A low FODMAP diet may reduce or alter this beneficial bacteria, which may worsen your symptoms. Your Dietitian will discuss ways to minimise this reduction in good bacteria.

 4/ After the initial low FODMAP diet, high FODMAP foods need to be reintroduced to assess your personal tolerance of different FODMAP groups and foods. Reintroducing foods will make life a lot easier, allowing optimum nutrition whilst keeping your symptoms under control.

‘Food to live, food for life’

……is ‘The Internet Dietitian’ strapline, so relevant for the low FODMAP diet!

5/ The research and information on low FODMAP foods is constantly being updated, as new research comes to light. Many of the recipes and information available on the internet is now out of date and quite simply incorrect. ‘The Internet Dietitian’  (& other Dietitians) will update recipes and blog posts in response to this research.

6/ It can be more expensive – a Dietitian will advise on low FODMAP meal options within your food budget.

7/ Time consuming – all that internet searching takes up time. I’m sure you’ve got better things to do!?

8/ A Dietitian will check that the low FODMAP diet is appropriate for you, as it’s not for everyone. Eliminating foods from your diet can delay the diagnosis of conditions such as Coeliac disease, with potentially serious health consequences.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record ……..please don’t eliminate any foods from your diet without the support of a Dietitian. It really isn’t worth risking your long term health.

Ask your Gastroenterologist or GP for a referral to a Dietitian or contact ‘The Internet Dietitian’ for more information on the low FODMAP diet.

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Registered Dietitian and owner of The Internet Passionate about family nutrition and the dietary treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Busy mum of 3 little uns. Cheshire, UK

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