Help at hand for IBS sufferers

One in seven Australian adults suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The symptoms associated with IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders are often caused by food intolerances. 

FODMAPs are a group of sugars (short-chain carbohydrates) that are not absorbed properly in the gut. Malabsorption of these sugars (lactose, fructose, sorbitol) in the intestine causes common symptoms, including bloating, cramps, nausea, flatulence, altered bowel movements (diarrhoea or constipation) and other IBS-related symptoms. This can also affect the absorption of other nutrients. 

Administering a low FODMAP diet limits the foods that contain the symptom-triggering sugars. Ideally, a low FODMAP diet is administered for two to six weeks, followed by a gradual reintroduction of certain foods to determine the triggering sugars. At Be Fit Food we have a low FODMAP guide to assist with choosing suitable meals to reduce the intake of FODMAP-containing foods. Our meals can take some of the stress away from implementing a low FODMAP diet by having the preparation done for you. We have gluten-free, lactose-free and low-fructose meal options.  

When placed on a low FODMAP diet, the idea is to begin to re-introduce FODMAP-containing foods to identify which FODMAPs are tolerated and the quantities they can be tolerated at. Many of our clients have found that they can tolerate the meals as most contain less than 5 per cent onion and garlic. We have had many clients use our meals in the transition phase as they begin to introduce small amounts of FODMAPs back into their diet. 

Low FODMAP diets are usually very individualised, so it is best to speak with one of our Be Fit Food dietitians to implement a meal program that is best suited to your requirements and to assist in controlling and alleviating gastrointestinal symptoms. 

At Be Fit Food, we offer food intolerance testing for lactose, fructose and lactulose for SIBOS (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) for just $80. For further information, head to foodmapping.com.au. To book, please email [email protected] 

Disclaimer: Our meals are not yet Monash University Low FODMAP Certified™, which means they have not been independently tested by the Monash University FODMAP laboratory to be confirmed appropriate for low FODMAP diets.

By Be Fit Food accredited practising dietitians. For more information, go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257) 

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