I have been a lot more conscious in food shopping lately. Someone dear to me had been dealing with uncomfortable pains in their stomach and realized that it could be the food that they were consuming. The doc suggested to switch up to a low FODMAP diet and ever since then, it has been helping. But to be honest, it’s not easy to remember the variety of foods you can or cannot eat.
Good news! We discovered the Fast FODMAP Lookup & Learn app to make those trips to the grocery store or restaurant much easier.
The app simply indicates which food products are high or low in FODMAP.
For those who are not affected, what are FODMAPs?
FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that rapidly ferment in your intestines. This fermentation causes the intestines to expand, triggering physical symptoms in people with IBS. This fermentation process actually happens to everyone who digests FODMAPs, not just to people with IBS.
The difference is that people with IBS often have over-sensitive nerves in their gut that react far earlier to this expansion. This means that IBS symptoms are not actually caused by FODMAPs themselves, but the overly sensitive nerves in the gut.
While it sounds IMPOSSIBLE to cut off garlic, wheat and some of your favorite desserts completely, we hope to inspire you with some personal food examples: 1) Replace onions with leeks when making pho. 2) For breakfast, have eggs on gluten-free toast instead of regular wheat toast. 3) Make curry Thai soup with bokchoy and sweet potatoes. 🙂 Healthy– yet all are low in FODMAP with the help of the app.
My “gut-feeling” tells me that this app will be a game changer for those who are dealing with the same thing! 🙃 Personally it has made it easier to select and make meals for my loved ones.