Before referring to the meaning of the acronym that is ‘FODMAPs’, one should understand what exactly are FODMAPs and how their role in the human body plays an important part throughout life. FODMAPs are simply a variety of sugar alcohols and carbs that are found in everyday food, as well as processed as additives. While the carbs are in fact short chain carbohydrates, sugar alcohol is a form of alcohol that requires sugar as a key for preparation, but how important are these facts in correlation to FODMAPs?
The process of FODMAPs and its effects
The acronym FODMAPs stands for a list of Fermentable processes that are Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols, and is suggestive of the scientifically-proven low FODMAP diet used for patients of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and similar symptoms.
In the case of IBS, FODMAPs are consumed rather poorly by the small intestine, and in turn pass to the large intestine by causing two collateral effects: production of gas due to FODMAPs fermentation by bacteria, and the ‘osmotic’ effect of FODMAPs that attract water into the large intestine and deregulate bowel movement. It is because of these two events that symptoms of irritable bowel movement are triggered and may include pain and bloating in the abdomen, and either constipation or diarrhea.
Applying the low FODMAP Diet
The FODMAPs are found in everyday foods and liquids such as types of wheat, onions, garlic, milk, ice-cream, honey, watermelons, apples, pears, mangos, nectarines, plums, etc. With that in mind, it is easy to hypothesize that a large percentage of people consume such foods at uncontrolled levels that in turn cause bowel irritations.
It is exactly the idea of controlling your FODMAP intake that helps regulate biological levels in the body that prevent bowel irritations. By eating foods and liquids that are compatible with the FODMAP list, or FODMAP-friendly, results in a dietary treatment for victims of IBS or similar bowel irritation symptoms. Such foods include carrots, corn, cucumber, grapes, blueberries, bananas, oranges, most meats, seafood, and tens more.
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Author: Farah Jawad