5 Tips to Optimise the Low FODMAP Diet

November 24, 2015 , ,

Are you trying to follow a low FODMAP diet to control your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but your symptoms don’t seem to disappear? Do you think you belong to the 25% for whom low FODMAP diets are not effective?  Before throwing in the towel, just follow these tips to stack the odds on your side.

1. Be rigorous

Are you really eliminating all FODMAPs*? Stay strong! It has to be done only for a few weeks, so do it properly. Most people see a marked improvement within 2 weeks of rigorously following a low FODMAP diet. To give you a helping hand, follow our low FODMAP menus. All the hard work has already been done for you! Every week, a new menu and low FODMAP recipes are concocted for you, to guarantee better control of symptoms.

2. Control your stress levels

Easier said than done, you say! We all know that stress plays an important part both in the development of IBS and in the management of symptoms. It’s all very well to be vigilant about your diet, but if you are always at the end of your tether, your efforts are most probably in vain. The solution? Keep aside a few minutes each day for yourself to set your priorities and relax. Physical activity can also help decrease your stress levels; yoga is particularly beneficial as it can help reduce IBS-related symptoms.

3. Look out for hidden FODMAPs

The food industry likes to add sweeteners to processed foods to enhance their flavour and texture. But more often than not, these products are FODMAPs! Be careful to avoid inulin, agave syrup, honey and sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol in your food. These may be responsible for symptoms that linger despite your diligence.

Foods that are most often the culprits:

  • Sugar-free chewing gum (contains sweeteners: polyols)
  • Commercial broths (often contain garlic and onion: fructans)
  • Commercial grain products (cereal bars, breads) (often contain inulin: fructans)

If you are taking medicines, talk to your pharmacist about your medication containing possible FODMAPs.

*FODMAPs are fermentable carbohydrates that are partly responsible for causing symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For more info, read this article.

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Jef L'Ecuyer
Member of the Quebec College of Dietitians (ODNQ) and Dietitians of Canada,Jef graduated from McGill University in December 2014. Recently graduated and passionate about culinary arts, Jef poses a simple, effective and practical look at daily meal planning. With this in mind, she works in conjunction with the mission of SOSCuisine...

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