by Dr Naras Lapsys

Low FODMAP Diet Under Scientific Review

In February 2010, The Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology published a review article entitled ‘Evidence-based Dietary Management of Functional Gastrointestinal Symptoms: The FODMAP Approach’, putting further scientific merit of the low FODMAP diet in managing the symptoms of IBS. The paper identifies that diet therapy has emerged as the key player in treating this health condition. The main body of the article explains the physiological basis for the symptoms of IBS and it provides a detailed explanation of what FODMAPS are and where they are found in our diet. The paper also reviews the results of clinical trials involving the low FODMAP diet.

Overall, the paper concludes that the low FODMAP diet is effective in providing good relief of the symptoms of IBS in about 75% of cases. Scientific studies support the effectiveness of this diet but the diet needs to be delivered and monitored by a qualified and informed dietitian.

The full article, in pdf format can be downloaded here.






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