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What Does FODMAP Stand For?

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FODMAPs are:

All are poorly absorbed in the small intestine. They include short chain (oligo) saccharide polymers of fructose (fructans) and galactose (galactans), disaccharides (lactose), monosaccharides (fructose), and sugar alcohols (polyols) such as sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol.


I have had many problems throughout the years, first starting with digestion and the last few years I have had bloating so bad, I look pregnant and the pain from the distention is hard to live with.  I have to wear certain types of clothes just so I can be comfortable (dresses, leggings).  I say no to social gatherings because I am so uncomfortable and have low energy.  Sometimes just working out is no fun because I feel like a huge balloon – from head to toe I feel utterly gross!

Since learning about the FODMAP diet, it has totally made sense why I have such horrible pain some days and not others.  The pain and bloating I experience can last for weeks on end or almost cause embarrassing situations.

dairy freeThere are foods that I love and I eat a lot of them (like garlic) but they are on the HIGH FODMAP list.  Just cutting them out so far has made a difference.  So far the only symptoms I have felt were after eating one HIGH FODMAP food – yogurt.  Other than that I have been eating only LOW FODMAP foods (which I will list in another blog post).

If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Celiac Disease I hope you will check out this blog every so often and share your own story too!

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