I recently acquired a client who asked me to work with him on a new diet called FODMAPS. The Monash University in Australia have come up with a unique approach for people with IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. They ask their patients to follow a low FODMAP diet as a way to reduce any symptoms. They have named it FODMAP to describe a variety of short-chain carbohydrates found in a lot of common foods. FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols. My client caught a very bad pesticide whilst in China, which first heavily irritated his gut, and then was given huge amounts of antibiotics which further destroyed his delicate balance of internal bacteria.
The FODMAP diet basically says that consuming foods high in FODMAPs results in high levels of gas and liquids in the small and large intestine. This creates extreme abdominal pain and bloating. It also says that eating foods with various FODMAP qualities all at once will add up, and will result in symptoms that you wouldn’t have if you ate the food in isolation. With my client, for instance, we noticed that two servings of starch in one day created a problem but served as one portion, he was fine. Also, everybody is obviously uniquely different so some of the foods that are allowed on the diet are not tolerated either. It is not a perfect system but so far from my experience, it is healing, and it is helping.
Below is a list of the foods you can and can not eat. I have found that by also adding into the diet daily intakes of kefir and Sheeps Milk yoghurt, which has thousands of probiotic good bacteria, is very beneficial. Also, any fermented foods, such as Saurkraut and Preserved Vegetables, make a big difference. Fermented teas, such as Kombucha, is also not a bad idea, as this only adds more probiotics to your system to get it back into balance.
Common High FODMAP Foods
Plums and prunes
High concentration of fructose from canned fruit, dried fruit or fruit juice
Grains (to be avoided)
Milk (cow, goat, sheep)
Soft cheese, including cottage cheese and ricotta
High fructose corn syrup
Garlic (with large consumption)
Scallions (white parts)
Sugar snap peas
Common Low FODMAP Foods
Artificial sweeteners that do not end in -ol
Hard cheese, brie and camembert
Lactose-free products, such as lactose-free ice cream and yogurt
Sheep’s Milk Yoghurt
Scallions (green parts only)