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The lowdown on the low-FODMAP diet

July 30, 2020

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Emily Gelsomin, MLA, RD, LDN, is a senior clinical nutrition specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  As a registered dietitian, she counsels on medical nutrition therapy on an outpatient basis and is the co-director of Be … See Full Bio
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August 4, 2020

I have none of the above mentioned intestinal symptoms but I get a harsh acid/burning feeling in my upper chest that radiates up into my ears for days.
I cannot eat a large range of foods. My doctor says I have Acid Reflux. I am told it can be temporarily dealt with by medications which over time these meds will deplete bone density which is another big concern for me since I have already had serious bone breaks in last decade.

August 4, 2020

Don’t forgets that polyols are routinely added to many foods and medicines these days including regular chewing gum, mouthwashes, toothpastes, breads, etc. You have to read all labels. I had recurring painful diarrhea more than a decade ago and my go at the time suspected a sensitivity to sorbitol and similar sweeteners. Avoiding those helped me tremendously. I stumbled on Monash on my own and was able to make a few refinements. I never needed to eliminate any foods.

July 30, 2020

My experience with FODMAP diet was also a game changer. I had tried several prescriptions and they did not work for me. My gastroenterologist said she was reluctant about referring me to dietitian because she thinks the diet is complicated. I found it was challenging but not too hard especially after I got an app for my phone for easy reference. I wound up finding out that I’m sensitive to fry tabs and eliminated them from my diet completely for a year. Guess what… my gut issues ceased. I’m now able to tolerate a small amount again with no symptoms!

Mark Holmes
August 3, 2020

What are fry tabs?

Peggy Canderle
August 3, 2020

Hello—This message is to Kay —Could you please tell me what fry tabs are—-or was that a typo, meant to be FODMAPS? Thank you, Sincerely, Peggy

Bea Toews
July 29, 2020

Monash University has an excellent FODMAP App that includes quantities.

Mark Holmes
August 3, 2020

Fooducate is an app that will also show foods that contain fodmaps. Outstanding app. You do have to pay a bit extra to include the fodmap portion of the app, but well worth it.

August 3, 2020

Thank you for your post. I’ve been working with Gastro and a GP who each had theirs own thoughts—but they don’t talk . I’m so happy to see this app’s plan doesn’t completely eliminate food groups and I’ve called GI to clear trial, and I’ve passed on the app info.

Lori B
August 3, 2020

I agree – the Monash University FODMAP app has been a life saver. It helps guide my choices at the grocery store and restaurants.

Deane Alban
July 28, 2020

I tried the FODMAPs diet and it was life-altering. It was challenging at first but now I’ve learned my limits for various foods. I’ve also found over time that I have become more tolerant of certain high FODMAPs foods. And for almost any food I’ve had to give up, I’ve found an acceptable substitute.

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