What is the low FODMAP diet?
As many as 15 to 20% of the population suffers from irritable bowel syndrome, or a spastic bowel. The condition causes many intestinal complaints and has a major influence on the quality of life. Unfortunately, there is as yet no cure.
The low-FODMAP diet can bring relief from the symptoms. FODMAP stands for 'Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols'. It are these FODMAPs that often cause complaints. They are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, so they end up undigested in the large intestine, which leads to complaints.
The low-FODMAP diet is, as the word itself says, poor in these FODMAPs. However, FODMAPs are numerous in our diet, think of wheat, milk, legumes, all kinds of vegetables and fruit. Avoiding these substances in our daily diet is therefore not easy.