Fodmap foods

The Fodmap diet day 4

OK guys. Low Foodmap foods, do you know which they are?  Have you already identified foods that give you uncomfortable bloating, wind & possibly pain?  Yesterday, I shared with you some of the foods I have noticed, over a period of time, cause me problems. Today, I am listing a few “Safe Foods”, in my next blog I will deal with foods to avoid. Please remember, these will vary from person to person & only through trail & error can you identify which applies to you.

In my previous blog Food, what can I eat. I posted a photo of my homemade gluten/dairy free cake & asked “can you eat this on a Low Fodmap Diet”?  The answer is as inconcise as this diet itself.  Whilst it does not contain any gluten, dairy, additives, preservatives, artificial colours or flavourings it does contain sugar [carbohydrate] SUGAR  . All sugars are categorised as monosaccharides, disaccherides or polysaccharides & are a source of chemical energy for living organisms, including humans.  I think you can probably work out the answer, if you have read my previous blogs on this subject. Sugar occurs naturally in whole foods, but is often added to processed foods to increase the flavour. As to much refined sugar in bad for our health, in general, try replacing it with natural sweetners such as some “Safe Food” Fruits.

SAFE FOODS ( This is not an exhaustive list). 

  • Bean Sprouts, Carrot, Cucumber, Endive, Ginger, Green Beans, Kale, Olives, Parsnips, Red Peppers, Chives, Tomatoes, Courgettes.
  • Blueberries, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Papaya, Passion fruit, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries.
  • White Potatoes, Turnip, Swede, White Rice.
  • Proteins: Meat, Poultry, Fish & Seafood, Eggs.
  • Fats: Coconut Oil, Lard, Olive oil, Homemade Mayonnaise
  • Fresh Herbs, Salt/Pepper, Spices except those containing onion/garlic powder. Balsamic, Red wine & cider vinegar. Seaweed, Sundried Tomatoes.
  • Water, All teas {No milk} Homemade soups using safe ingredients.
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Eat Me

That’s it for today guys. Please follow my blog & leave any comments you feel are appropriate. See you next time, with info on foods to avoid.

Food, what can I eat.

The Low Fodmap diet. Day 3.

Food, what can I eat? Now that is the question. When I first started researching The Low Fodmap diet, after a quick glance, I wondered just what I could eat. Digging deeper, I discovered it was a case of noshing less, of what I had been eating & tweaking a few things here & there.  I have always been a healthy eater, consuming salads, veg & pulses by the kilo in one sitting. BAD MOVE. I need to cut down or remove a few of these bloat producing veggies from my diet.

The Low Fodmap diet is all about removing from your diet [for a period of time], foods which you know cause you discomfort.  You then start eating the foods suggested by the research which has been carried out the “Safe Foods. This method allows you to see if your symptoms persist, ease or disappear. Gradually, you then reintroducing foods back into your diet from the suggested Fodmap food group list.

There are several things to observe, before embarking on the low Fodmap diet.

  • You should consult you doctor first to ensure you do not have any prevailing medical conditions.
  • Unless you are knowledgeable as to what a “healthy, nutritious diet ” consists of, you should consult a dietitian to ensure you are eating enough carbohydrates, protein, vegetables, vitamins & minerals, etc to keep your body healthy.
  • Beware of were you gather your information from.  A Google search has provided me with numerous sites dealing with Low Fodmap lists, of foods which are considered “OK to Eat” & those to “Avoid” many seem to contradict each other & sometimes even themselves on their lists.

As an example of the above, it is generally thought that lactose found in milk & dairy products, is thought to be a sugar to be avoided when starting the Low Fodmap diet. However, on the same chart, two of the foods on the “safe” chart are butter & cream, both of which are made with milk!   Check your information carefully. A good place to start is with NHS.UK 

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Stuff me.

Some of the foods I have discovered on my Low Fodmap diet experiment so far are:

  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes but Sweet Potatoes seem OK
  • Onions (White)
  • Garlic
  • Beetroot
  • Lentils
  • Asparagus
  • Fruit Juices
  • Couscous
  • Dried Apricots
  • Brocolli

Should you eat the cake in the photo above on the Low Fodmap diet?  Find out the answer tomorrow.

Whats it all about

The Low Fodmap Diet.

So, what is it all about?  FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccarides & Polyols.

Fermentable: Carbohydrates. are the sugars which are easily fermented in your digestive system. They include all of the short chains of sugar molecules mentioned below:

Oligosaccharides:  Carbohydrates. Are a saccharide polymer containing a small number of monosaccharides [simple sugars] which can have many different functions. Being Non digestible food ingredients, they selectively stimulate the growth of prebiotic bacteria in the colon. We cannot digest and absorb these.

Disaccharides: Carbohydrates. Double sugars Formed when two monosaccharides are joined together & a molecule of water is removed from the structure. [hydrolysis].   Three common examples being sucrose, lactose [discomfort causing sugar] & maltrose.

Monosaccarides:  The most basic form of Carbohydrates. Any of the class of sugars, that cannot be hydrolysed to give a simpler sugar. Some have a sweet taste examples include glucose [dextrose], fructose & galactose.

Polyols:  Sugar free sweeteners. Carbohydrates, but not sugars. Used volume for volume in the same amount as sugar is used. Unlike aspartame , saccharin & sucralose which are used in very small amounts.  They are included in a variety of foods we consume each day.

The low Fodmap diet was developed in Australia at Monach University by gastroenterology professor Peter Gibson and Dietician Sue Shepherd & has been adapted for the UK by reserchers at Kings College London.

Now you all understand the meanings of the catchy acronym. Tomorrow we will be investigating some of the low Fodmap foods & the care you should take when embarking on this diet.

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Bloating Brocolli

If you have been. Thank you for reading. Until Tomorrow.

References:

Dr Sarah Brewer.

shepherdworks.com

Kings College. London

The wake up call. Day One

My wake up call this morning, a cup of black tea. For today’s day one of twenty eight, in which I embark on my low Fodmap diet.

After suffering from severe bloating for more years than I care to remember I have decided to try, by a series of exclusions, to try & find out which particular food groups have the most effect on my condition.

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You can alter the set of the sails, but you can’t alter the direction of the wind!

Visiting my doctor, she decided to take a precautionary course of action, referring me to the hospital for an Ultrasound Scan, to rule out Ovarian Cancer [close family history], which can, in some cases, mimic IBS. Luckly, my results came back normal. It was time to talk about IBS. Having explained that I had identified various foods, which caused me a lot of discomfort, she asked me if I had heard of the Low Fodmap diet. I hadn’t. However, having studied Nutrition & Food Science at University some years ago, my curiosity was aroused & there dear reader, this blog was born. After some in-depth research & consulting my long redundant books on complex & alcohol sugars I have decided to share my findings with you.

I will be charting my progress, telling you what foods I have avoided & later, what I have reintroduced. As we go along I will be also giving you recipes to hopefully inspire you into trying The Low Fodmap diet for yourself.

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Tonight Dinner. Tuna Steak, Salad & white rice, Dressed with herbs & a little Olive oil.

 

Fodmap foods Dietary Advice & own recipes

Welcome to my new blog Fodmap foods, dietary advice & own recipes. Having been diagnosed with IBS, after many years of suffering, I hope you will follow me both here on Instagram fodmapfood & Facebook fodmapfoods as I embark on my fodmap diet. Fodmap stands for: Fermentable oligosaccarides (wheat, onion, garlic); disaccharides (milk, ice cream); monosaccarides (apples, pears, honey); & polyols (mushrooms, apricots). All of these strange sounding names, of which the foods in brackets are examples, are all types of short chain carbohydrates & alcohol sugars found in every day foods, but which are poorly absorbed by the the small intestine & researchers such as King’s College London & Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust now believe are responsible for discomfort & bloating.

It is not just the avoidance of these FOD’s which will help in the reduction of symptoms. Care must be taken to also avoid those ready made foods containing even small amounts of FOD’s.

Starting on Monday 2nd April for eight weeks I will be posting on this blog my daily diet & a weekly recipe. I will also be explaining more about A low FODMAP diet.

So girls, give up the expensive green tea capsules & the faddy diets & try a scientifically based diet, to see if it helps you.

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Recipe creation