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What are FODMAPs?

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Never heard of FODMAPs? They are a type of carb, but a FODMAP diet is not your typical low-carb diet.

This diet only limits carbs that are "fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols." No wonder they came up with a nickname!

For most people, FODMAPs are not a problem unless you eat too much of them, but some people are sensitive to them.

FODMAPs draw water into your digestive tract, which could make you bloated. If you eat too much of them, they can hang around in your gut and ferment.

SOURCES:

Halmos, E. 2014. Gastroenterology,

Stanford Digestive Health Center Nutrition Services.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, creator of the Nutrition Diva podcast, Baltimore.

Kathy Barco, RD, LD, CNSC, outpatient clinical dietitian, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Gina Sam, MD, MPH, director, Mount Sinai Gastrointestinal Motility Center; assistant professor of medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 27, 2017

SOURCES:

Halmos, E. 2014. Gastroenterology,

Stanford Digestive Health Center Nutrition Services.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, creator of the Nutrition Diva podcast, Baltimore.

Kathy Barco, RD, LD, CNSC, outpatient clinical dietitian, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Gina Sam, MD, MPH, director, Mount Sinai Gastrointestinal Motility Center; assistant professor of medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 27, 2017

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