The FODMAP Concept
Benefits of a Low FODMAP Diet
Monash University researchers developed the concept of FODMAPs and demonstrated the effectiveness of a low-FODMAP diet. Monash research shows that three out of four people who have a low-FODMAP diet greatly improve symptoms. Other research groups from around the world have since shown similar results. For this reason, a low-FODMAP diet is now considered the preferred treatment for people diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome.
A low-FODMAP diet has been shown to:
- Reduce pain, cramps and discomfort
- Reduce bloating and gas
- improve digestion (less diarrhea or constipation)
- improve the quality of life
These benefits usually show up within 2-6 weeks of starting the low FODMAP diet.
Of course, the diet does not cure irritable bowel syndrome, it only helps those affected to live better with their condition.
A low FODMAP diet will not improve symptoms for EVERYONE either. In fact, one in four people find that dieting does not improve their symptoms. These people may need other nutritional therapies in addition to or as a substitute for a low FODMAP diet. Other therapies you can consider include stress reduction, bowel-oriented hypnotherapy, over-the-counter / prescription drugs (e.g. laxatives), or fiber supplements. Talk to your doctor about what other therapies you can try.