Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — FODMAP

Dear Dr. Walt,

My husband’s doctor told him that some people who believe they are gluten-sensitive may instead be FODMAP-sensitive. What in the world is a FODMAP?

Curious in North Carolina

Dear Inquisitive,

Your husband’s physician is both spot-on and up-to-date. In fact, a recent report focused on what are called FODMAP foods, which stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPS). The report emphasizes that these “are a group of carbohydrates that don’t get broken down and absorbed in the small intestine.”

The researchers found out “that some people who believed they were gluten-sensitive were, instead, FODMAP-sensitive.” Their study found that “a low-FODMAP diet eased their symptoms, as it does for about 70 percent of people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that causes abdominal pain and bowel changes.”

In addition, the researchers estimate that about 10 percent of the population may be FODMAP-sensitive.

This Q&A was originally published in the December 2016 edition of Today’s Christian Living.

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