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New Diet Solution for IBS Sufferers?

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November 08, 2011
Apple Planet

Here's a new diet acronym for you: Fodmaps. A growing number of gastrointestinal specialists believe that food intolerances lie behind irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the difficult to diagnose and treat -- and thus far, impossible to cure -- painful digestive disorder that may affect as many as 20 percent of adults at some point.

The theory behind the groundbreaking eating plan, outlined in the Wall Street Journal: IBS is caused by trouble absorbing certain carbohydrates in the small intenstines. Large molecules travel on to the colon, where they're attacked by bacteria and ferment, causing bloating and gas. The list of problematic foods to eliminate is long, including many grains (wheat and rye), most dairy products, even some fruits (apples, cherries) and veggies (broccoli, garlic, mushrooms). But 75 percent of IBS sufferers report relief.

BTW, Fodmaps stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. Um, OK!