False. Contrary to what one might think, beverages like tea and coffee don’t have a dehydrating effect on the person who drinks them. The effect is all the less significant if you are used to drinking them.
False. Although caffeine-containing products need to be taken sparingly in a low *FODMAP diet, this doesn’t mean they should be totally avoided; it all depends on your personal tolerance. But beware of alternatives (tea and herbal teas) some of which have a high FODMAP content and may cause discomfort. Check out the “Alternatives to coffee” box for further details.
Trying to cut down on your coffee and caffeine consumption? Here are some tips:
|Low FODMAP alternatives (preferred)||High FODMAP alternatives (to be avoided)|
Black tea, lightly infused
Other herbal teas containing
|Chicory drink (grain coffee)
Source: Dietitians of Canada
*FODMAPs are fermentable carbohydrates that are partly responsible for causing symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For more info, read this article.