Low-FODMAP Label Reading

You may recognize most of the major high FODMAP foods at this point. While it is important to have a diet that is focused on whole foods (as in foods that do not come with an ingredient list) it is inevitable that we are going to rely in part on some packaged food items that do come with ingredient lists. It can be intimidating when you are following the low-FODMAP diet, whether in the elimination phase, or in your ongoing maintenance (or as I like to call it, personalization phase).

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What is the Low-FODMAP Diet?

The acronym FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo- di- mono- sacchrides and polyols – quite a mouthful. I like to describe them as short-chain carbohydrates. The foods that fall into this category can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine and as a result create a slew of gastroenterological symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation in the millions of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In fact studies show that up to 75% of IBS sufferers find relief when following a low-FODMAP diet...

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