This diet plan is particularly associated with treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive system complaints. IBS causes stomach pains, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. It is also quite widespread, for example, about 1 in 7 of the population of the UK is supposed to suffer from IBS. Usually, doctors prescribe medicines, but recent research indicates that the majority of patients benefit from changes in diet. The idea of a low FODMAP diet is to identify the carbohydrates that the bodies of IBS sufferers cannot easily absorb. If these are eliminated from the daily menu, it should bring from these unpleasant IBS symptoms.
FODMAP is a word invented by a dietician. The first letter represents fermentable, and it refers to substances that bacteria in the gut break down. The remaining letters come from the terms, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. If you are a trained dietician you will understand these terms, but for the average person, it should suffice to say that they refer to various molecules found in foodstuffs. If the body cannot properly digest these substances, it causes pain and releases unpleasant gases.
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