Nearly one in every ten people lives with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS manifests itself in symptoms like stomach pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and other digestive issues whenever they eat triggering foods.
The problem is that people rarely know the exact food or ingredient that is causing their IBS symptoms. Further, IBS symptoms can arise at any stage of life. This has spawned a variety of diets, such as gluten-free and paleo diets, aimed at least in part at controlling potential causes of these IBS symptoms.
One diet that has gained traction this past decade is the low-FODMAP diet, which has been found to provide relief for nearly 86% of people with IBS. I’ve been following a low-FODMAP diet since 2016, and have found significant relief for my symptoms and a greater sense of peace knowing that I can more confidently find foods that work with my body.
There is a lot of confusion around a low-FODMAP diet, so I want to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about FODMAPs. Leave a comment if there are any other questions you’d like answered and I’ll continue adding to this post.
If you’re already versed in the basics of FODMAPs, you may want to skip ahead and explore whether a low-FODMAP diet is right for you. I’ve written a post specifically on how to get started on a low FODMAP diet. Then, read on for which foods you can eat on the low-FODMAP diet.…