Due to the success of a low FODMAP diet in managing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), poor old FODMAPs now have a bad reputation. In reality we all should be eating a diet that is as high in FODMAPs as we can tolerate without getting symptoms. Why?
Undigested carbohydrates (which is what FODMAPs are) feed your gut bacteria to help them develop in numbers and grow in size, so they can out-muscle the unfriendly bacteria that could otherwise take residence in your gut. Different FODMAPs are preferred by different bacteria, so having a range of FODMAPs in your diet is also sensible.
So when you see an article about lowering FODMAPs or someone following a low FODMAP diet, be mindful that this should only be as low or as long as required to get IBS symptoms under control. This needs to be followed by what I call finding your “FODMAP threshold” –the total load of different FODMAPS tolerated while remaining symptom free.
This recent blog post will help you find your FODMAP threshold.
Blogged by Kerith Duncanson – November 2015