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What Is The FODMAP Diet?
August, 2018
Karishma Chawla

Every now and then, there comes a diet, which promises a fitter body and a healthier lifestyle. Trying out these new trending diets are now a fad rather than a way of choosing a good eating pattern. FODMAP diet or Low-FODMAP (Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) is one such new diet. The more unique its sounds, the simpler it really is. The idea of this particular diet is to follow a consumption pattern whereby you cut out or reduce the intake of foods such as carbohydrates that contain substances that our body finds difficult to digest.

When the body is unable to digest, it can cause pain and release gases. The main sources of these foods which you should be aware of are wheat, rye and fruits like mangoes, blackberries, milk and yogurt. Certain vegetables also feature in this list. These are just to name a few from a much more elaborate list.

Major Benefits Of The Diet

Relief from digestive problems like:

  • Stomach pain
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Relief from symptoms of IBS
  • Increase in body vitality

Side-Effects Of The Diet

  • Firstly, it should be noted that the plan is followed mainly to calm the body’s stress and relieve symptoms.
  • After about a period of two months, one by one the foods that have been cut out from the diet can be reintroduced to check sensitivity.
  • Depending on sensitivity, it can be decided whether to include these foods in the daily diet.
  • There are a number of factors that contribute to the body’s inability to digest certain substances. It can be caused due to compromised immunity because of stress and inappropriate diets. It can also be attributed to emotional or physical trauma.