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The Monash University low FODMAP team
A diet low in FODMAPs reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Our team here in the Department of Gastroenterology, Monash University, recently confirmed the effectiveness of lowering FODMAP content in the diet on symptom relief for individuals with IBS. This project was part of the PhD work conducted by Emma Halmos.
In a well-controlled study, 30 individuals with IBS were fed both a typical Australian diet and a diet low in FODMAPs (≤3 g/day) for 3 weeks in a blinded manner so not to influence their judgement on symptom improvement. Overall IBS symptoms were reduced by 50% on the low FODMAP diet, with the greatest improvement occurring one week after implementing the diet. Similar improvements were also seen for abdominal pain, bloating, wind and dissatisfaction with stool consistency, demonstrating the first-ever, highest quality evidence that diet can be used successfully to treat this condition.
(Halmos E et al. A diet low in FODMAPs reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Gastroenterology. 2014 Jan;146(1):67-75.e5. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2013.09.046. Epub 2013 Sep 25.)