Thursday, 29 October 2015

Milk alternatives on a low FODMAP diet

By CK Yao (Accredited Practising Dietitian, PhD candidate)

The food industry has responded to consumer demand and now produces a large range of milks from plant sources, coconut, and almond.

In our latest Monash University Low FODMAP app update, we included plant-based milks that were tested in collaboration with the dietitians at King's College, London, UK.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

General healthy tips

By Shirley Webber (Research dietitian)

Here are some tips to improve the health of everyone, including those diagnosed with IBS.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Research article: Group or One-on-one FODMAP education?

By Caroline Tuck (APD, PhD Candidate)

King’s College in London has recently published a research article comparing group vs. one-on-one low FODMAP diet education in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This has never been researched before.

The study compared 263 patients receiving Dietitian-led group education (no more than 12 people in each group) to 101 patients receiving the more traditional approach of one-on-one sessions with a Dietitian. Before being enrolled in the study, each patient was assessed to check suitability to either group or one-on-one education. They asked each patient to rate their symptoms before and after intervention.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The super sensitive in IBS

By Caroline Tuck (APD, PhD Candidate)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can express itself in many different ways, resulting in different symptoms that may change over time. Therefore, IBS is not a straightforward condition to treat and the IBS management does not suit a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
There are many IBS treatments available, including medications, dietary change, hypnotherapy and herbal remedies, with varying levels of evidence supporting their use. 

Therefore, two people (even with the same type of IBS – constipation predominant, diarrhoea predominant or mixed) may not respond to the same treatment.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Low FODMAP diet provides both short- and long-term relief of gut symptoms

By Dr Jane Varney

Good news for people following a low FODMAP diet! A recent study conducted by researchers at Kings College London measured the long-term effectiveness of a low FODMAP diet. The study followed 100 participants with IBS from baseline (pre-FODMAP restriction), through the elimination and rechallenge phases and for 1 year thereafter. Participants reported their gastrointestinal symptoms at baseline (before FODMAP restriction), at 4-8 weeks (after FODMAP restriction) and at 1 year (following a rechallenge phase). Dietitians taught participants how to implement the elimination and rechallenge phases, but participants made their own food selections (meals were not provided in this study).

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Research article: Not all FODMAPs are equal

By Caroline Tuck (APD, PhD Candidate)

An interesting study was published in 2013 about the effects of different FODMAPs.
FODMAP is an acronym for a group of carbohydrates that have been shown to cause symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols and includes the following carbohydrates:

·         fructose
·         lactose
·         sugar polyols (including sorbitol and mannitol)
·         fructans
·         galactooligosaccharides

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Low FODMAP Muesli Bars

By Peta Hill (Paediatric Dietitian)

Muesli bars are a popular lunchbox item, but with many containing wheat, honey and/or dried fruit they tend to be high FODMAP and thus avoided on a low FODMAP diet. Interestingly, while muesli bars are often thought of as healthy ‘everyday’ foods, they are often better classified as ‘sometimes’ or ‘treat’ foods, containing lots of sugar – as much as some chocolate bars!