Fad – an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze (Wikipedia).
Chances are if you’ve heard about the low-FODMAP diet you may be wondering if it’s just another fad (keto anyone?). If it’ll just fade out at some point. If all the effort of following the diet is worth it.
The low-FODMAP diet isn’t a fad and it’s going to be around for a long, long time.
The effort can be worth it if it works for you. The diet doesn’t work for everyone but it does work for many. Keep reading…
There are studies (Shepherd et al 2008) and randomized controlled trials (Barrett and colleagues, 2010, Ong et al 2010) and evaluations (Staudacher and colleagues) proving the efficacy of the low-FODMAP diet. One study, in particular, showed improvement of symptoms in 75% of patients (Shepherd, SJ, Parker, FC, Muir JG et al).
The low-FODMAP diet is being prescribed by more and more gastroenterologists and several registered dietitians have been trained in the low-FODMAP diet to provide necessary dietetic services.
7 Tips for The Low-FODMAP Diet
With all the evidence backing the low-FODMAP diet it’s still important for you to know a couple of things:
- No cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) currently exists. The low-FODMAP diet can help to alleviate symptoms but it won’t cure you of your symptoms.
- Before you start the diet, get a diagnosis from your gastroenterologist. He or she will run your complete medical history, give a physical exam and may administer tests. This is necessary to ensure other conditions are ruled out. The Rome IV criteria are used by many doctors but the findings can be inadequate. Ask your doctor about ibs-smart™️ test. Mark Pimentel, MD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Gastrointestinal Motility Program and Motility Laboratory, developed this diagnostic test to identify patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The test can “potentially distinguish IBS from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and reduce the need for unnecessary testing to rule out more serious conditions.” Learn more here on where to get the test.
- Once you are ready to begin the low-FODMAP diet choose to see a FODMAP-trained dietitian in person or sign up for The Low-FODMAP Diet Beginner’s Course and get help and guidance from our FODMAP-trained dietitians online. Follow the course as it fits your schedule.
- Start a Food and Symptom Diary. If you want to have a better idea as to what’s truly causing havoc on your gut, keeping track is where it’s at. Log foods, drinks and stressful situations so you, your gastroenterologist and dietitian can truly (and more quickly) understand your triggers.
- Watch this video from FODMAPs dietitian Joanna Baker “How to Start the Low-FODMAP Diet“
- Sign up for my newsletter for my grocery lists, tips, recipes, and news.
- Download the Monash app and FODMAP Friendly apps. Start learning which foods are low or high in FODMAPs.
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by R Nanda