Low FODMAP diet has been great for my gut
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but only because it gives you such bad gas that no one wants to be around you.....
Yes, one woman's prize may be another woman's poison.
In the case of apples, onions, beans, avocados, and several other FODMAP foods, they were definitely a poison for me.
I'll admit something: for much of my adult life, I've struggled with quite a bit of gassiness after eating. Yes, no one really wants to talk about that, but for me, it was embarrassing, uncomfortable and completely unacceptable.
For years I've tried every digestive enzyme supplement created - ones that were focused just on carbohydrates and fibers because that's what I struggled with the most, and ones that were broad spectrum. Also high dose HCL.
I've taken various good bacteria (probiotics) after having my gut bacteria content tested and retested to see what bugs I had in me and which ones I was lacking.
Also, I've had to resort to antibiotic therapy at times because of major SBIO (Small bacterial intestinal overgrowth).
Doctors always told me it was just IBS... and I'd have to just live with it.
Along with this gassiness also came horrendous constipation. So bad, that I was going for monthtly colon cleansing and sometimes felt like I had to live on enemas and laxitives.
But, recently, I came across the FODMAP eating plan.
FODMAP foods are those that contain fermentable carbohydrates that lead to gas, bloating and either constipation or diarrhea.
FODMAP stands for:
Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols
Common FODMAP foods include:
FRUCTANS: wheat, onions, artichokes, asparagus, leeks, FOS, inulin
GALACTANS: beans, cabbage, brussel sprouts
DISACCHARIDES: lactose (dairy)
FRUCTOSE: honey, dried fruit, apples, pears, mango, agave
POLYOLS: sorbitol, isomalt, avocado, mushrooms
After reading about this dietary plan and learning that many of the foods I included in my diet were high FODMAP, I gave it a try.
And the results have been OUTSTANDING!
Yes, that's right: I have not had any gassy issues after cutting out many of the foods that I was eating on a daily basis: avocados, peas, apples, brussel sprouts, etc
I had already cut out dairy and other common gassy foods such as beans.
But, I had never thought that avocado and apples would be such an issue.
For me, this elimination plan has made a world of a difference.
If you suffer from excessive gassiness, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, I encourage you to give this a try. Take it from someone that has literally tried everything else.
What do you have to lose?
Remember: every person is going to be bit different, so some foods may be great for you to avoid, while others only have to be minimized.
Here are some web resources so you can read more about this:
For the complete FODMAP List, please see my other blog post: