What is IBS?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) also known as irritable colon is a very common gastrointestinal disorder that affects 1 in 7 people. It affects the digestive system, where the symptoms occur mainly in the large intestine.
Symptoms of IBS
Symptoms can vary from one person to the other and can be worse for on to the other.
What is the best diet for IBS management/ relief?
There are many different dietary strategies that can help relieve IBS symptoms. Research at Monash University, King’s College London and numerous other centres around the world has shown that a low FODMAP diet improves IBS symptoms in at least 75% of IBS sufferers. Therefore, a low FODMAP diet is the first treatment choice for people suffering from IBS.
The FODMAP diet is considered one of the best and most effective IBS treatments.
What does FODMAP mean?
- Fermentable – gut bacteria ferment undigested carbohydrate to produce gases
- Oligosaccharides – Fructans & GOS – found in foods such as wheat, rye, onions, garlic and legumes/pulses.
- Disaccharides – Lactose – found in dairy products like milk, soft cheeses and yogurts.
- Monosaccharides – Fructose – found in honey, apples, high fructose corn syrups, etc.
- Polyols – Sorbitol and Mannitol – Found in some fruit and vegetables and used as artificial sweeteners.