Is it FODMAPS or Gluten That is Disrupting Your Digestive System for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?

FodmapSo just when you thought it was gluten causing your intestinal irritability, pain, gas, bloating, and diarrhea, we have a new potential culprit: 


FODMAPS stands for Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols which are poorly-absorbed short-chain carbs found in wheat, rye, and other grains.  Since most gluten foods (grains of wheat, barley, rye, and spelt) are in this group, just think of adding a few other foods that may be causing you trouble: milk, legumes, cashews, pistachios, asparagus, artichokes, sweet corn, onion, garlic, celery, apples, pears, mango, watermelon, nectarines, peaches, and plums.  For some of us there is a high level of fermentation of these foods in our digestive track leading to severe abdominal distention.  

In the two studies below, most participants had maximal benefit by following the FODMAPS diet, with less than 10% having a gluten specific condition. 

Sorry to be the one bringing the bad news.  I love most of these foods on this list, and for me, they do in fact cause the symptoms listed. So, here’s to further restricting my diet!  If you or your child can feel significantly better by avoiding these foods, why not!

Want to learn more? Here are two studies that looked at the positive effects of reducing the intake of FODMAPs:

The low FODMAP diet improves gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome: a prospective study

No Effects of Gluten in Patients With Self-Reported Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity After Dietary Reduction of Fermentable, Poorly Absorbed, Short-Chain Carbohydrates


Dr. Paul

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