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What is FODMAP Diet - Meaning for IBS


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What is the FODMAP Diet?

The FODMAP diet is an eating plan designed to help people with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

The word "diet" simply references the foods we eat. It is not designed to be a weight loss diet.

The FODMAP food list identifies foods to avoid with IBS, and foods to eat for IBS.

On this page, we'll be exploring the meaning of FODMAP diets in more detail.

At, we provide professional therapies to help with IBS.

IBS is typically associated with psychological distress, so we always recommend psychological therapy for IBS as well.

The FODMAP meaning

The word FODMAP is an acronym for some very scientific sounding words, relating to FODMAP categories.

FODMAP stands for:

  1. Fermentable
  2. Oligosaccharides
  3. Disaccharides
  4. Monosaccharides
  5. And
  6. Polyols

This relates to "short chain carbohydrates", which are difficult for the small intestine to absorb.

These foods tends to ferment in the digestive system, leading to potential bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

All symptoms that are often links to the IBS label.

The FODMAP Food Categories

What do those big words mean?

Oligosaccharides are carbs that are often found in foods like wheat, onions, and garlic.

Disaccharides include lactose is a common example, present in milk and other dairy products.

Monosaccharides is linked with fructose, found in fruits, honey, and high-fructose corn syrup.

Polyols are sugar alcohols like sorbitol and mannitol, found in certain fruits and vegetables and used as artificial sweeteners.

By understanding which foods might cause problems, it can help people decide which foods to avoid and eat.

However, IBS is typically associated with psychological distress, so we always recommend psychological therapy for IBS as well.


If you are struggling with symptoms of IBS, you should visit your doctor to check for other medical issues.

Even though research has shown hypnotherapy for IBS is one of the most effective treatments, it is also expensive and there are very few people in the NHS training to deliver hypnotherapy.

It tends to be very difficult to get hypnotherapy for IBS via the NHS and most people need to go private for this treatment.

NHS GPs often recommend medication to provide short term help, but this typically does not make changes for the longer term.

The NHS typically does not investigate what triggers different types of IBS or IBS flare ups, which may be related to food, drink or psychological distress.

If your IBS is sufficiently bad, your NHS GP might recommend speaking to a nutritionalist.

That nutritionalist might recommend the FODMAP diet.

You can also do the FODMAP diet yourself, by removing high FODMAP foods from your diet, and eating more low FODMAP foods.

Changing your diet and medication are short term solutions, designed to suppress symptoms.

The UK NHS is still looking for a cheap, long term cure for IBS.

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We use psychological therapies to help our clients manage their IBS.

A calm mind creates a calm body.

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