People who struggle with irritable bowel syndrome often find that certain foods trigger their symptoms.
One way to help pinpoint the source of distress is by following what’s known as the low-FODMAP diet. An evidence-based approach to help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, the low-FODMAP diet can lead to a reduction in symptoms for many people.
The goal is to temporarily restrict intake of certain types of carbohydrates, known as fermentable short-chain carbohydrates, that can be difficult for some people to digest.
But low FODMAP isn’t a diet you should try without medical supervision, says Jamie Kandora, a registered dietitian and clinical nutrition manager for Tidelands Health. Kandora and her team of registered dietitians work closely with the digestive health experts at Tidelands Health to help patients struggling with IBS and other digestive disorders.
“The low-FODMAP diet is for people who are experiencing symptoms of IBS but are not sure of what may be the trigger,” Kandora says. “It’s a temporary elimination diet to help identify foods that can trigger symptoms.”