The Regular Girls’ guide to the low-FODMAP diet

There’s a new diet that’s getting a lot of attention from dietitians and researchers. Its rise to stardom isn’t because it helps you drop dress sizes or develop a glowing complexion. The low-FODMAP diet has been shown to help soothe aggravating tummy troubles such as constipation, pain and bloating. We think you’ll agree those are things best avoided.

So what are FODMAPs? We’re glad you asked. FODMAPs are in the food you eat FODMAPs are simple, short-chain carbohydrates that are broken down by bacteria in your gut. Foods such as honey, pears, apples, watermelon, garlic, onions, milk and lentils fall into this group. The term FODMAP is an acronym for:

  • Fermentable: Fermentation is the process your gut bacteria use to turn carbs into gas. It also turns juice into wine, so it isn’t all bad.

  • Oligosaccharides: Complex carbohydrates. Saccharide means sugar. These are generally slower to digest.
  • Disaccharides: Two-sugar molecules. Examples include sucrose, lactose and maltose.

  • Monosaccharides: Better known as simple sugars. Our bodies break these down quickly.

  • And

  • Polyols: These are sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and xylitol.

Why are people reducing their FODMAP consumption?

Studies have shown that reducing FODMAPs in the diet may help manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation and other digestive conditions as well as fibromyalgia and eczema. But it’s not an easy fix to tummy troubles.

A low-FODMAP diet is very restrictive and is meant to be a temporary way to soothe your gut. It’s best undertaken under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable physician or dietitian.

How is fiber related to FODMAPs?

Many fibers, which are carbohydrates, are a source of FODMAPs but vary in fermentability. Some fibers tend to cause a lot of gas – the reason you may avoid eating baked beans and cabbage – while others ferment slower and cause less gas. Regular Girl is made with all-natural, very low FODMAP guar fiber. This non-GMO fiber has a very slow fermentation rate.

That’s why there’s little-to-no painful gas or bloating when you boost your fiber intake with Regular Girl. Regular Girl’s gentle fiber supports your gut health by helping food move through your body at just the right pace. This regulating fiber works in harmony with Regular Girl’s clinically proven probiotics to promote a healthy gut. When you add Regular Girl to your daily routine, you can focus less about FODMAPs and more on enjoying life.

Regular Girl is a Monash University Low FODMAP Certified product.

Regular Girl Low FODMAP Certification Learn more about this certification.

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