Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is far more common than you might think. In fact many people experience the symptoms of IBS without ever knowing it, and it has been shown to negatively affect quality of life to such an extent that other, seemingly unrelated disorders are quite common in sufferers of IBS.
- Excess Wind
- Abdominal Discomfort
- Constipation and/or Diarrhoea
These common food intolerances can be linked with IBS symptoms:
- Lactose Intolerance
- Fructose Malabsorption
- Gluten Intolerance
- Coeliac Disease
What are FODMAPs?
Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols (FODMAPs) are a collection of molecules found in food. Studies have shown that FODMAPs are poorly absorbed by some people, and this can cause or increase symptoms of IBS. Reducing your intake of FODMAPs is often a good first step when trying to determine if food is causing your IBS symptoms.
A low-FODMAP diet contains only a very small amount of fermentable carbohydrates like fructose, fructans (including wheat), raffinose, lactose and sorbitol. Taking these food groups out of your diet, and then systematically reintroducing them allows us to make connections between IBS symptoms and particular food groups. Everybody’s gastrointestinal system is different. This method allows your dietitian to accurately assess whether you have any food intolerances.