Thursday, May 30, 2013

FODMAP FOODS - The answer to bloating &IBS is here!

A word we know all too well, bloating. 

I am pleased to introduce you to the FODMAP theory. The FODMAP theory suggests that by following a low FODMAP diet, unpleasant symptoms such as bloating and abdominal discomfort will decrease. Foods in the FODMAP group can increase the volume of liquid and gas in the small and large intestines, resulting in gas, pain and bloating. Below is a list of foods that can increase these symptoms, in isolation or in combined meals. By no means should you remove these foods from your diet, just keep them to a minimum. 


Dried fruit, prunes, paw paw, apricots, cherries, wheat, fructose, artificial sweeteners, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, avocado, garlic, fennel, leeks, banana, watermelon, butter, corn, oats, eggplant and sweet potato. 

I am hoping I haven't scared you too much with the above list! Let me tell you, I am someone who just breathes and I bloat, but that doesn't mean you need to cut out these foods all together. Like any healthy diet, you eat these foods in moderation and small amounts. For example, I replace normal cow's milk with soy where I can. I also ensure my serving sizes of dried fruits and oats/granola etc. are on the smaller size. FINAL TIP > green tea is fantastic for decreasing bloating and those uncomfortable girlie pains!


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