I have been on the FODMAP Elimination diet to determine what is causing my IBS and Acid reflux. What does FODMAP Stand for? Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols which are short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols. This causes the small intestine to poorly absorb food and then it starts to ferment and then that attracts more water to my intestines and causes all sorts of fun things, but my least favorite thing is the “BLOATING” and gas and other nastiness isn’t that much fun either.
So right now I have to stay away from artichokes, asparagus, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, lentils, mushrooms, onions, and peas…. Pretty much half of what I eat. Most everything I cook starts with onions and Garlic. Quite a few of my favorite fruits such as Blackberries, Cherries, apples, peaches pears, watermelon. I am supposedly supposed to be able to eat Cantaloupe, raspberries and bananas but those also cause me issues. Lactose in Dairy. Butter and Whipped Cream are okay. The only kind of cheese I eat is Mozzarella, and I don’t drink milk or eat yoghurt. Products made from Wheat or Rye, but I can eat real Sourdough bread since it is fermented. Gluten isn’t an issue as far as the FODMAP diet is concerned. Oatmeal is supposed to be okay, but it causes severe abdominal cramping….. Sugars I can’t eat are HFCS, Agave Syrup, Honey and non-sugar alcohol sweeteners: sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol. The only big deal there is the Honey as I like Raw Local unfiltered honey, so I hope that isn’t one of my triggers. Nuts are with moderation but no Pistachios or Cashews, most of my homemade milk was Cashew….. No dried fruits.
Before I saw this particular Doctor, I had stopped eating Raw Fruits and Vegetables and that seemed to also make a difference.
So that is my quick and dirty rundown on the FODMAP diet and IBS.