FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates that aren’t easily broken down and absorbed by the gut. This means they start to ferment in the gut relatively quickly, and the gases released during this process can lead to bloating, wind, abdominal pain and an altered bowel habit for some people. Diagnoses associated are functional gut disorders such as IBS, and food sensitivity.
The Low FODMAP Diet works by restricting strictly foods high in FODMAPs for an initial 2-6 weeks. Then reintroductions are very individualised to learn your level of tolerance. It is not as simple as following a list of ‘foods to eat’ and ‘foods not to eat’, and you must be careful to not miss out certain foods from your diet that are essential to good health.