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Low FODMAP diet for Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is an intestinal disorder causing symptoms such as nausea, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation.  Low FODMAP diet now has been researched by Monash University and is proven to help for a majority of people of IBS. 


FODMAPs refer to 4 distinct groups of carbohydrate commonly found in fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes. These are oligosaccharides, monosaccharides (excess fructose), disaccharides (e.g. lactose), Oligosaccharides  (e.g. fructan and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and polyols (e.g. Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol, Xylitol and Isomalt).


As some of the symptoms of IBS are similar to other medical conditions, a medical diagnosed IBS is strongly recommended. We can then work through your symptoms and diet to establish a suitable diet plan.


What does a low FODMAP Diet involve?

Knowing that there isn't one standard approach, rather, treatment depends on your symptoms, lifestyle and other personal factors. 


The low FODMAP diet is intended to be used for 4-6 weeks, then a 're-challenge' phase will begin to work out an adapted low FODMAP diet. As a result, reviews are essential in establishing a suitable diet for IBS.


At the end of the treatment, you should be on a long term diet plan that is lower in problematic FODMAPs when you first started, but not the strict low FODMAP diet.

Shirley is a Monash University low FODMAPTM


trained dietitian.



No more Googling hours only to find conflicting information on low FODMAP diet. For expert low FODMAP advice, contact to book an appointment.



Please note:


A low FODMAP diet appointment will only be given individuals with medically diagnosed IBS. A written referral from your doctor is required.





Monash IBS low FODMAP dietitian Sydney Hills
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