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Ever wondered what to choose at the restaurant when you’re on a low FODMAP* diet? I have the answer for you right here.
To simplify your life, here’s a winning formula: choose a restaurant that offers options without gluten, (see box) onion or garlic.
It should be noted that all grilled meat, poultry, and fish without sauce, served with rice or potatoes and low FODMAP vegetables are good choices, regardless of the type of cuisine or occasion. You should be extra careful around dishes using sauces and/or broth (soups, stews, etc.), which may contain high levels of hidden FODMAP ingredients, such as onions and garlic. To see our list of foods that are high and low in FODMAPs, click here. Bearing this in mind, here are some examples of “best compromised” dishes.
Kebabs (skewered meat), tikka and tandoori dishes served with cooked white rice are tasty and low in FODMAPs for an exotic night out.
As a starter, have a Caprese salad or an antipasto (avoid artichokes).
Pasta (gluten-free) with most sauces (marinara, carbonara, pesto (watch the garlic!)) is suitable.
Grilled meat and poultry, polenta and steamed vegetables are also good choices.
If you choose a pizza, be sure to ask for a gluten-free crust with tomato sauce and low FODMAP toppings of your choice. Make sure that the chef doesn’t add garlic or onion to the sauce.
Corn chips, beef or chicken tacos, tamales, tostadas, fajitas, and nachos are good picks. Make sure to always check that there’s no onion or garlic. It is best to avoid guacamole since avocados are high in FODMAPs. Beans and other legumes must also be avoided.
Grilled or roasted meat and fish with low FODMAP vegetables (for example: potato, carrot, zucchini, etc.) are good options.
Main-course salads are also a good choice, but always be careful to check the ingredients and ask for a preparation with no onion and garlic.
Hamburgers should be avoided as they may contain high FODMAP seasonings and ingredients.
*FODMAPs are fermentable carbohydrates that are partly responsible for causing symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). For more info, read this article.