FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols.
FODMAPs are poorly absorbed carbohydrates which have the potential to cause symptoms such as bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and/or constipation. It has been found that in up to 80% of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, reducing the FODMAP content in the diet may help relieve or better manage some of these symptoms (Tuck et al, 2014).
Recent research also indicates that following a low FODMAP diet for a few days prior to an event may reduce persistent exercise-induced gastrointestinal upset in symptom prone athletes (Lis et al, 2016).
FODMAP restriction is a specialised area of nutrition. It is important that you seek guidance from a dietitian when choosing to restrict FODMAPs to ensure that your diet remains balanced and nutritionally adequate. It is not recommended that a low FODMAP diet is followed long term.
Need some advice, be it for an upcoming race or everyday living? We can help. Love your life.