If you are here reading about FODMAPs then you probably have an idea of what FODMAPs are and how they afflict some of us when it comes to our digestion. However, if you are interested in finding out more, I have included links below to some websites, which provide clear explanations of the day-to-day reality of FODMAPS and IBS.
FODMAPS and IBS
FODMAPs are a group of simple and complex sugars that form part of the composition of certain foods. The acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These sugars can be difficult for digestive systems to process and, for those of us with a sensitivity, can lead to incredibly uncomfortable reactions in the gut.
My FODMAP life
In 2015, a consultant told me that he thought I had IBS. I knew that, GPs had been telling me that for years, but they had also been telling me to eat more fibre and increase the roughage in my diet. I took their advice but every time I tried, I felt worse. In addition, in the realms of IBS, I always felt in the minority. Perhaps it was just coincidence, but those that I spoke to, all seemed to experience problems associated with looser bowel movements but, for me, it was the opposite.
I started a Youtube series about my LOW FODMAP journey as there seemed to be limited real life information available. I hoped that sharing my journey would be helpful to others and, happily, viewers seemed to like my ‘FODMAP Life’! Here is a link to the playlist but please forgive the early mistake in my first video. F stands for fermentable not fructols:
Other useful links:
The website www.fodmapfriendly.com provides useful information about FODMAPs. Particularly helpful is the explanation of what FODMAPs are and how they trigger symptoms. This information can be found via the following link: http://fodmapfriendly.com/what-are-fodmaps/
Monash University: http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap/low-high.html
In addition, there is an interesting Youtube video which shows a Monash University Professor talking about FODMAPs. The video further explains how the body reacts to these types of foods and can be watched via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByszVbFBPtY