A Low FODMAP Diet is not for everyone and should be used appropriately by the person with food intolerance or digestive sensitivities including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Medical direction for people of all ages is important as common symptoms of IBS can also be signs of other more serious medical issues that cannot be overlooked.
Who Should Not Follow This Diet?
Individuals dealing with gastrointestinal discomfort including gas, pain and altered bowel movements, should consult with a medical professional first. Although these symptoms are common to IBS, a doctor should either confirm an IBS diagnosis, or rule out other medical conditions (e.g. Celiac Disease, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and ovarian cancer, food allergy).
The otherwise healthy individual should also not follow this plan because it may compromise nutritional value of meals eaten and could alter the balance of healthful bacteria in the gut.
Who Should Follow This Diet?
Individuals with digestive sensitivities, including those who suffer from IBS, may likely find relief on a Low FODMAP Diet. Often times, people self-diagnose and simply avoid all foods and food categories that give them discomfort, or even fear of discomfort. However, identifying their specific FODMAP triggers can give this person more food options and less anxiety.
With the help of a skilled healthcare professional well-versed in the Low FODMAP Diet, this dietary approach can help them find relief and improved quality of life.