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2/22/12 6:12 A

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Georgia Gal,
Thanks that does help a lot. I am lactose intolerant so already watch that so the rest should be easy. I am going to go shopping today. I am so tired of having this pain and the big d. Thanks
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2/21/12 8:34 A

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Trees,
Beans are hard to digest for anyone, but those with Fructose Malabsorption are affected even more. No beans, other than green beans, are on the allowed food list for a Low FODMAP diet. Soy is of course a bean, so that should be avoided too.

This week I discovered that I had a reaction to Spaghetti Squash, even though I tolerate other squash & pumpkin.

I try to stick with a Low Carb diet...meat & fish with salads work well for me. Green beans and spinach are my best cooked veggies. White rice & potatoes are safe foods, but not brown rice. The biggest hurdle is any kind of packaged food because you really have to read the labels, there's so many chemicals & fillers in packaged foods that can cause a reaction.

You can try digestive enzymes if you're eating something that contains lactose or gluten. Digest Spectrum is one of the best recommended enzymes. However Digestive enzymes will not help with fructose, only gluten, lactose, phenol, casein. Something like Beano may help with small amounts of Glactans (beans) but definitely keep the servings small.

Hope that helps

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EASYSPIRIT12 Posts: 28
2/21/12 6:47 A

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I posted this chart further down and it has the allowable and non allowable foods on the Fodmap diet. Hope it helps

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2/21/12 6:32 A

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can you give me some ideas of what you do eat? I had pinto bean soup with ham yesterday and I am still very sick. Thanks for the link to fodmap foods. I had not heard of that. That may be my saving grace too.

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2/14/12 8:43 A

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I hope this helps you NTORRES3...It's made such a remarkable change in my life. I think it's still very individualized, but this is a good starting point.

Good Luck



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2/13/12 9:44 A

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THANK YOU!!! I have been trying to navigate and decode food in relation to IBS since having been diagnosed with it. My GP just said that it was going to be a lot of trial and error - if it makes you sick, don't eat it. The nutritionist was actually advocating more milk and neither one mentioned FODMAP, I had come across the term during my research. Thank you for this simple, easy to follow, super user friendly guide!!!

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About.com has a complete and colorful downloadable chart of Low FODMAP foods:

http://ibs.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zT
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intolerances.pdf

Keep this thread going. It's providing us with an excellent source of information and support. Thanks all.

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Thanks for the info. Many of the foods mentioned are definitely a trigger for my episodes.

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2/8/12 10:32 A

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When I was diagnosed the doctor told me to stop being stressed and stay away from food that triggers my "episodes." Consequensly over the years I have learned that some foods are triggers and I shouldn't eat them as much, or plan accordingly. Many of the foods mentioned on your list I found out the hard way were my triggers. Ironically though, last week i excluded all unnecessary sugars from my diet and found that it had a profound effect on my daily constitution! thanks for sharing!

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After 12 years of struggling with IBS-D, I found information on Fructose Malabsorption last Oct that changed my life. I just want to share with anyone that may be suffering, like I was, with constant episodes of unexplained diarrhea, gas, and cramps.


In fructose malabsorption, the normal absorption of fructose is impaired. Fructose malabsorption is not to be confused with hereditary fructose intolerance, a potentially fatal condition in which the liver enzymes that break up fructose are deficient.

Fructose malabsorption can cause symptoms of bloating, gas, stomach pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, if the diet is not well planned. These are common symptoms that can often be called irritable bowel syndrome.

Researchers in Australia discovered that of having patients follow a low FODMAP diet can significantly reduce IBS symptoms. The term FODMAP is an acronym to describe a collection of short-chain carbohydrates found in many common foods. FODMAPs are composed of oligosaccharides (fructans, galactans), disaccharides (lactose), monosaccharides (fructose), and polyols (sugar alcohols). FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols.

The FODMAP theory is that consuming foods high in FODMAPs results in increased volume of liquid and gas in the small and large intestine, causing IBS symptoms. It also appears that FODMAP’s have a cumulative effect on symptoms. In other words, eating foods with varying FODMAP values at the same time will add up, resulting in symptoms that you might not experience if you ate each food in isolation.

Glucose enhances the absorption of fructose. Therefore foods with a fructose-to-glucose ratio of less than 1 (like bananas) are better tolerated. Foods with fructose-to-glucose ratio of more than 1 (like apples and pears) can be a problem, regardless of actual amount of fructose in the food

Foods to avoid and/or limit:
Fruit and vegetables high in fructose (many fruits, some vegetables)
Any fructose-containing food in large amounts – including any fruit, fruit juice, dried fruit, tomato paste or sauce
Foods with a high fructose-to-glucose ratio.
HF Corn syrup: processed foods containing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Crystalline fructose (sold as ‘fructose sugar’) and any product containing it
Sorbitol: processed foods containing sorbitol (420), Xylitol (967) and some other sugar-free sweeteners which are converted to fructose during digestion
Inulin: a thickener made from chicory, inulin contains fructose and is used some yogurts, milkshakes and other processed foods
Wheat: some people are also sensitive to foods rich in fructans (chains of fructose molecules) in foods such as wheat (this doesn’t affect all people with FM) - although people with fructose malabsorption don't have to avoid gluten, gluten free breads are often better tolerated by people with fructose malabsorption.


It sounds very complicated, but once you become familiar with the list of foods it’s pretty easy to adjust your diet and determine if this approach can help you. I saw a huge improvement in my symptoms within 48 hours. I keep a detailed food log, with symptoms, so I can go back and review the last couple days of food if I have a flare-up, and determine what caused it.


This link is to a simple list of FODMAP foods, those to avoid and those that are safe


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I know that's a lot of information, I just hope this information is helpful to someone. I know I was so frustrated with living on medications, knowing they were just masking symptoms instead of addressing the problem....I just couldn't figure out the problem.

Feel free to PM me if you want more information, I'm happy to share what I've learned on this.

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