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Low fodmap diet

Do you have irritable bowel syndrome or colon irritabile?
If you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome or colon irritabile, you are familiar with periods of troublesome symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, wind and changing stool pattern that can alternate between constipation and diarrhoea. These symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, but the condition is not dangerous and does not lead to cancer.

Dietary changes may relieve stomach upsets and uncomfortable nuisance

Recent studies have shown that a special diet can alleviate the discomfort that is experienced during irritable bowel syndrome. The so-called Low FODMAP diet was developed by the Australian dietician Sue Shepherd , and has been used with great succes in Australia and England. Results have shown that approx. 70 % of patients with irritable bowel syndrome may have beneficial effects of the diet.

The FODMAP diet is about limiting or completely avoiding a particular group of carbohydrates for a period of 6-8 weeks. It concerns a group of persistent carbohydrates that form much wind when they are broken down in the gut. The group of carbohydrates includes among other things lactose (milk sugar), high amounts of fructose (fruit sugar), polyoses (sweeteners) and oligosaccharides (fructans and galactans). These persistent carbohydrates are called Fermentable Oligo, Di, Monosaccharides And Polyoles (FODMAP).

The Low FODMAP diet can – especially at the beginning – be hard to figure out, and can therefore usefully be followed in consultation with a dietician. Now, there is also good help available in Danish in the book”Irritabel tarm – Low FODMAP diet – giver ro i maven” (”Irritable bowel syndrome – Low FODMAP diet – provides peace of the stomach”). The book is written by five Danish dieticians with special expertise in the gastrointestinal area.

SylliFlor® – a crisp and tasty fibre supplement to FODMAP

When the Low FODMAP diet is followed, there is a risk of not getting enough dietary fibres through the diet, which can cause constipation. Here it may be beneficial to supplement the diet with the crisp and tasty SylliFlor fleaseed husks (Psyllium husks) that fits nicely within the principles of the FODMAP diet.

Source:
Irritabel tarm, LOWFODMAPDIET giver ro i maven. Stine Junge Albrechtsen, Mette Borre, Lisbeth Jensen, Marianna Jacobsen and Cæcilie Gamsgaard Seidel.

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