So Much Information, So Little Time!As I continue to tackle research related to digestive problems, the plot continues to thicken!I was speaking with a dietitian friend last week, and as we discussed the prevalence of allergies and digestive problems she mentioned the FODMAP diet to me.

I had never even heard of FODMAPs, but I am sure glad I am learning about it now. It looks like a great piece of the puzzle, and is answering some more of my questions.It also helps explain why a Paleo style diet may help in some situations as well.Since Paleo eliminates SO MUCH, it encompasses some of these foods too.However, even though Paleo is eliminating more foods overall than FODMAPs do, it is missing a few FODMAPs.

A FODMAP diet is also very limited in gluten, however all gluten-free foods will not be FODMAP friendly!This also helps to explain why there seem to be gluten intolerances that are NOT celiac disease.I’ve been trying to figure out if you can reduce gluten in certain situations versus eliminating it completely, as is necessary in celiac disease.It appears that indeed that is the case for some people having issue with FODMAPs.

I just tweeted a quick and informative article that explains what FODMAPs are.Here is the link:

http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/072710p30.shtml

FODMAP stands for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, and Mono-saccharides and Polyols.These are all fermentable short chain carbohydrates, and by reducing their intake may provide symptom relief for about 75% of patients with functional gut symptoms (commonly lumped together as IBS).

Here is the blog/website of the dietitian who wrote the above article, and she has some great resources related to this diet including food lists and amounts of caution foods.

I am so encouraged by all this information, because it shows how many thousands of people are pecking away at finding answers for the possibly millions of people dealing with GI afflictions.And that means that some good and sound answers are imminent!

This also seems so much more feasible as a starting point in trying to discover what is causing certain digestive health problems than a more restrictive regimen like the Paleo diet, and it’s more encompassing than a gluten free diet which tends to miss some of the mark for many gluten sensitive people.

Definitely a path that I will continue to follow, study, and research!