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Reintroducing FODMAP – Why do it?

14 March, 2016 , ,

Have you eliminated FODMAPs from your diet, and feel much better? Have you read that it is important to reintroduce them, but ask yourself “Why reintroduce FODMAPs when my symptoms have diminished?”

It is important to reintroduce FODMAPs for several reasons. Firstly, by eliminating FODMAPs from your diet, you remove many foods. The risk of nutrient deficiency increases, especially if you have limited nutritional knowledge or are following a low FODMAP diet on your own. The risk of deficiencies is diminished if you follow SOSCuisine’s low FODMAP menus, which are well balanced and varied.

What’s more, foods which contain FODMAPs (especially those which contain fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides) also contain prebiotics. Prebiotics are fibers which are not easily digested by the digestive system, they reach the colon as is, where they feed the good bacteria. According to the latest studies, eliminating FODMAPs long term could have negative consequences on your intestinal flora1,2 because of the removal of these prebiotics.

By reintroducing FODMAPs and carrying out consumption tests, you can identify the FODMAP(s) which cause YOU problems. Indeed, most people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome can tolerate certain FODMAP groups and not others. By identifying the ones that cause you issues, you can then reintroduce the others. This way, you are on the right track to better dietary habits, which consists in having a varied diet, avoiding unnecessary restrictions and having control over your symptoms.

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Jef L'Ecuyer

Jef L’Ecuyer

Registered Dietitian, RD at SOScuisine.com

Jef is a nutritionist and member of the OPDQ and Dietitians of Canada. Newly graduated and passionate about culinary arts, Jef offers a simple, efficient, and practical outlook on planning daily meals. With this perspective, she is works in tandem with the SOSCuisine team.

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