Friday, 28 April 2017

Vegan banana & dark choc protein 'doughnuts'

Looking for a healthier, low FODMAP sweet treat? Our very creative Facebook friend Adriana has shared her delicious recipe for vegan 'doughnuts' with a healthy twist! 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Research Update: The evidence base for efficacy of the Low FODMAP diet in IBS: is it ready for prime time as a first line therapy?

By Erin Dwyer (Research Dietitian)

Professor Peter Gibson from the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University, recently published a review article in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, questioning whether a low FODMAP diet should be used as a first line treatment for IBS?

The paper reviewed 9 studies, including:
  • Placebo controlled, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that used the gold standard technique of providing all food (either low or high in FODMAPs) to participants
  • Placebo controlled RCTs that tested the more ‘real world’ effect of dietitian-led low FODMAP diet education
  • Studies that compared the effect of a low FODMAP diet with other therapies, including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines diet and gut-directed hypnotherapy
The paper reports that all studies found that between 50 and 72% of participants improved in response to a low FODMAP diet. It also notes that the potential benefits of using a low FODMAP diet (for symptom control and quality of life) should be balanced against the risks, these being:
  • The possible adverse effects of a low FODMAP diet on the gut microbiota
  • The implications of using a restrictive diet in people at risk of disordered eating
Take home messages:
  • The low FODMAP diet is effective in approximately 70% of patients and is ready to be used as a first line therapy for IBS
  • The low FODMAP diet works best when it is dietitian-led
  • When dietitian-led, the effectiveness of the diet is still maintained even when re-challenging
  • More research is needed to monitor the long term efficacy and implications of the diet

Gibson P. R. (2017). “The evidence base for efficacy for the low FODMAP diet in irritable bowel syndrome: is it ready for prime time as a first-line therapy?” J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 32 Suppl.1: 32-35

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Low FODMAP Hot Cross Buns

By Trish Veitch (Professional research chef)

In many countries, hot cross buns are a delicious must for Easter time. Despite this recipe being a bit time consuming you can enjoy these tasty low FODMAP buns that still have a truly traditional flavor. Enjoy, and have a happy Easter!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Let’s talk number twos – what’s ‘normal’ and when should I worry?

By Lyndal McNamara (Dietitian)

When it comes to number twos, there is surprisingly large variation in what might be considered ‘normal’. In fact one individual’s ‘normal’ is often very different to another’s, even if they are healthy, live in the same household, eat the same food and are part of the same family.
IBS is a condition where for reasons not fully understood, your toilet habits all of a sudden go haywire, and this is associated with significant abdominal pain. In fact, the ROME IV diagnostic criteria for IBS recognises the significance of altered bowel habits as a primary feature of the condition.(1) It is very important that IBS is NOT self-diagnosed, as many other, more serious conditions can also cause abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. Speak to your local GP if you are concerned about your symptoms.

An IBS diagnosis can be further broken down into sub-types, depending on whether constipation, diarrhoea, neither or both is the main bowel symptom.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

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Monday, 3 April 2017

A low FODMAP diet in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

By Dr. Jane Varney

Ever wondered if a low FODMAP diet could be used to manage gastrointestinal conditions other than IBS?  Here is a brief summary of a review paper published by Professor Peter Gibson from the Monash FODMAP Team on the use of a low FODMAP diet in IBD, namely Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.