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What is a FODMAP diet and how does it treat IBS?

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FODMAPs are certain types of carbs. A FODMAP diet limits them. These types of carbs are FODMAPs:

Fructose: Fruits, honey, high-fructose corn syrup, agave Lactose: Dairy Fructans: Wheat, onions, garlic Galactans: Legumes, such as beans, lentils, and soybeans Polyols: Sugar alcohols and fruits that have pits or seeds, such as apples, avocados, cherries, figs, peaches, or plums



Avoiding FODMAPs doesn’t help everyone. But in a study published in the journal Gastroenterology, about 3 out of 4 people with IBS had their symptoms ease right away after starting a low-FODMAP diet and felt the most relief after 7 days or more on the plan. Talk with your doctor before starting a FODMAP plan.

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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