Do you often feel bloated and gassy? The FODMAP diet might help! The FODMAP diet was developed by researchers in Australia as treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

The acronym FODMAP stands for: Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols

These are complex names for short chain carbohydrates, which can be poorly absorbed by some people. When these molecules are not well absorbed in the small intestine they pass into the large intestine where they may then be digested/fermented by bacteria. This can cause symptoms such as abdominal bloating and distension, flatulence, abdominal pain, nausea, and changes in bowel habits (diarrhea and/or constipation).

A low FODMAP diet involves eliminating high FODMAP foods from the diet for six to eight weeks, and then gradually reintroducing foods one at a time to determine how you tolerate individual foods.

Studies have shown improvement in IBS symptoms when patients follow a low FODMAP diet.

For more information, please contact the office to schedule at appointment at 410-730-1000.