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We can hardly keep track of all the diet trends that roll through the wellness world, but you know we’re going to investigate them nonetheless. A popular of late is the FODMAP diet — an eating protocal that targets sugar consumption and gut health. For the outside, it looks a lot like our healthiest days, but is it worth committing to? Our friends at Food Matters are breaking it all down below…

The FODMAP diet, while originally designed to bring relief to the irritable bowel crowd, is now growing in popularity among Hollywood celebs. FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Monosacaccharides and Polyols. Basically, this refers to types of sugars that are poorly absorbed in the intestines which some people are more reactive to. When these sugars reach the large intestine the bacteria in the gut can begin to ferment them, which can cause bloating, pain and wind.

The FODMAP diet eliminates fodmap foods, thereby reducing abdominal discomfort. In theory this all sounds wonderful, however following a FODMAP diet can be extremely restrictive as it does limit many foods.

FODMAP foods to avoid include: dairy products, legumes, many fruits and vegetables, grains such as barley, rye, wheat, semolina, couscous, bread, pasta, cake, etc.

PROS:  Many people find relief from uncomfortable tummy problems by following a FODMAP diet.

CONS:  There are a lot of foods that contain these sugars, therefore sticking to the FODMAP diet as a way of life is restrictive. A very restrictive diet can become mundane and limited, which makes it difficult to sustain. Cutting out foods could put you at risk of nutritional deficiencies if you do not ensure you are eating a variety of different nutrient containing foods every day.

Would you try the FODMAP diet? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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