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Will Avoiding Carbs Called "FODMAPs" Ease IBS?

Trying a Low-FODMAP Diet continued...

Low-FODMAP foods include:

  • Meats
  • Eggs
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Corn
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Almond, coconut, rice, or soy milk
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Tangerines
  • Bell peppers
  • Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes

There are many other foods on the high and low lists. So it's a good idea to work with a gastroenterologist and a dietitian who can help you limit FODMAPs with a balanced diet that meets all your nutritional needs.

Giving Foods Another Chance

Once your tummy calms down, you can bring back foods one at a time at a rate of one item per week. You might discover that you’re only sensitive to one or two FODMAP compounds, not all of them.

For instance, maybe dairy is a problem, but grains are OK for you. Or, maybe you have trouble digesting high-FODMAP fruits or vegetables, but nothing else is a problem.

The goal is to identify what foods trigger your digestive problems and create a diet that gives you all the nutrients you need but only includes the FODMAPs you can tolerate.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on September 24, 2014
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