FODMAPs 101: What they are and why they are a problem

FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols. They are short chain carbohydrates that undergo rapid fermentation in the gut.

They are a common cause of gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal pain, gas/bloating, diarrhea, and even cause symptoms elsewhere in the body. This may be due to their ability to increase histamine in the blood.

Not everyone has a problem with FODMAPs. In fact, for most people, they are health promoting.

However, they can cause some pretty big issues for those who are sensitive to them. Things like inflammation, leaky gut, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. In fact, 84% of people who believe they have a gluten sensitivity actually have FODMAP sensitivity.

This is why a FODMAP diet works so well for people with IBS. But if you have a functional gastrointestinal disorder or unexplained gut issues, you may want to take a FODMAP diet for a whirl.

In today’s video blog, we take you on a DEEEEEEEEEEP FODMAP tour.

Foods high in FODMAPs

Got questions about FODMAPs?

If you have gut issues and don’t know what FODMAPs are, it’s a pretty good idea to introduce yourself to them. Even if you don’t have chronic gut issues, understanding what they are is important to creating or having a healthy gut.

In today’s video, we cover a number of FODMAP questions you may have, including:

  • What they are
  • How they create GI issues
  • Who might benefit from a low FODMAP diet
  • Is it the FODMAPs or the gluten?
  • How does an Low FODMAP diet improve the gut
  • What are the negatives?
  • How to use a low FODMAP diet to improve your gut

So jump right in and get your learn on. Watch today’s video and implement some of the suggestions how it improves your gut.

  • (00:00) Intro
  • (00:45) What are FODMAPs & why do they cause problems?
  • (3:52) How do FODMAPs cause issues
  • (5:34) Who might benefit from FODMAP restriction?
  • (9:06) Benefits & drawbacks of FODMAP restriction
  • (11:11) Best ways to approach a low FODMAP diet

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