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How Are Supplements Regulated?

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Did you know that dietary supplements are 2,000 times as safe as regulated pharmaceuticals? Get the facts on transparency in supplements with this clarifying infographic.  Also, when choosing supplements for the low-FODMAP diet, always read the labels for high-FODMAP ingredients like lactose, fructose or sugar alcohols.  Before you check out the infographic, here are some tips from Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD for choosing supplements on the low-FODMAP diet.  Choose supplements that have:

  • Little or no calcium or iron to minimize gastrointestinal side effects (take separately if needed)
  • Not much more than 100% of DV for most nutrients unless treating a specific deficiency (except maybe vitamin B-12)
  • Folate in the form of L-methyl folate; not more than 400 mcg folate
  • No high-FODMAPS like those found in chewable or liquid products where a substantial amount of sweetener may have been added.

Once you have completed both the elimination phase and have challenged all FODMAPs within the rechallenge  and reintroduction phases it may then be safe to add in a new multivitamin or swap out the one you have been taking.  Of course you would want to stop taking any supplement in chewable or liquid form that is sweetened with FODMAPs. If you have a nutrient deficiency of any kind, and your supplement contains FODMAPs, please discuss removing the supplement from your daily regimen with your doctor.

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Be good to yourself and your gut!

Colleen Francioli

Certified Nutritionist Consultant
Founder FODMAP Life & BonCalme

Source for Infographic:  Delicious Living

 

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