Elimination is the Beginning NOT the End
The team at Monash University in Australia, led by Professor Peter Gibson MD, developed the low FODMAP diet. In its strictest sense it is not so much a diet as it is a diagnostic tool for helping to determine whether foods in your diet are involved in contributing to your gastrointestinal symptoms. Some IBS sufferers have unfortunately been using the low FODMAP diet as a forever elimination diet whereas it was designed to be a three phase process. Taking on the three phase diet process by yourself is not recommended. An experienced FODMAP Dietitian is your best ally for using this diet as a diagnostic tool for symptoms.
The FODMAP acronym was coined to classify groups of carbohydrates (sugars and fibers) found in foods and beverages, that are similar. These carbohydrates have been shown to be poorly absorbed in individuals living with digestive sensitivities, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), resulting in gastrointestinal symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating and gas, constipation and/or diarrhea. Further research acknowledged that diet could be responsible for IBS symptoms. In turn, limiting dietary FODMAPs has become an effective treatment test in susceptible people, for treating their symptoms of IBS.