Why should you care about carbohydrates known as FODMAPs in your food? Because they could be making you feel sick!
After you chew and swallow food, it moves into the stomach. From the stomach it journeys first to the small intestine, followed by the large intestine. As the food travels, chemicals (called enzymes) in the intestines break it into digestible parts.
FODMAPs, unlike some other carbohydrates, are tricky for the intestines to digest, so they stick around longer. As a result, they can pull too much or too little water into the gut, or be fermented by gut bacteria. For some people, this can trigger IBS symptoms such as gas, bloating, cramping, constipation and/or diarrhea. Since eating FODMAPs triggers the symptoms, a low-FODMAP food plan often makes people feel much happier and healthier!
So what foods are high and low in the carbohydrates known as FODMAPs? This is a complicated question because:
- Not all carbohydrates are FODMAPs.
- FODMAPs are present in many different foods and food categories.
- If two or more low-FODMAP foods are combined into one serving, it may lead to a high-FODMAP food serving.
- Many people find that one or more FODMAPs cause symptoms, but other FODMAPs do not.
It can be frustrating and confusing, but don’t give up! Our mission at Rachel Pauls Food is to provide delicious, clearly low-FODMAP food baked from Dr. Pauls’ home recipes. Look for the Dr. Rachel Pauls Low FODMAP Seal of Approval, which means that the product has been verified as low-FODMAP and contains less than 0.5 grams of total FODMAPs per serving.
All of our products are low-FODMAP, but if you want to learn more about high and low-FODMAP foods or go on a low-FODMAP food plan, you should consult your doctor, dietitian or other appropriate healthcare professional. Below is a partial list of some common low and high-FODMAP foods. Click on it to download a pdf that you can print and use!