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When should I try a low-FODMAP diet?

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If you have gas, bloating, belly pain, diarrhea, or constipation, you might consider nixing all five forms of FODMAP carbs (lactose, fructose, fructans, sugar alcohols, and galactans) for up to 4 weeks to see if that helps. If FODMAPs are the culprit, you’ll probably start to feel better quickly.

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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