Patient Comments: Low FODMAP Diet - Elimination Diet

Question:

Please share your experience with a FODMAP elimination diet. Was it successful in relieving your bowel symptoms and signs? What food or foods aggravated your bowel? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Rosa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I suffered from gastrointestinal symptoms for 10 years. I went from doctor to doctor, tried all kind of diets, and nothing worked. I found out about FODMAP elimination diet online. In the elimination phase I realized that many 'healthy foods' are irritants for me. For me the major culprits are onions, asparagus, apples, and dairy. I can tolerate a small portion of nuts and up to two portions of grains per day. I have been symptom free for five years now.

Comment from: wav, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 20

I have problems (major) with the following foods or ingredients: apples, strawberries, lettuce, MSG, lipase, amylase, xylanase, and hot spicy foods such as pepperoni, jalapeno, and peaches. Ninety percent of the foods at Tim Hortons and many baked products at Save-on-Foods contain lipase, amylase, and xylanase so I cannot use any of their products. They have no idea why they use those ingredients but are not about to change because one person complains.

Comment from: Smithy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 24

FODMAP diet made my stools go blue. After changing my diet they are now a healthy green.

Comment from: GoodDoctor, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

My doctor says to avoid eating gluten-free (GF) products, despite it being GF there are lots of sugar in it; best to read labels before purchasing. In the low FODMAP list are grapes, and lactose free dairy have lots of sugar in them. There's no mention of kale, dark leafy greens, apple cider vinegar, pineapple, garlic, onion, cabbage, broccoli – have rich nutrients, vitamins, fibers to help us fight off infections.

QUESTION

What is irritable bowel syndrome or IBS? See Answer