Since its inception, the low FODMAP diet has been subjected to numerous clinical trials, and has become the go-to dietary intervention for irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Studies show that it can provide relief for up to 75% of people suffering from this is common disorder, which is characterized by recurrent episodes of lower abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation.
IBS is considered to be a functional disorder, which means that the symptoms are real, but no tissue damage, structural abnormalities or biochemical changes are found on examination.
Proper diagnosis by a gastroenterologist is very important, because IBS symptoms are shared by more serious gastrointestinal disorders such as celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and colon cancer.
[OPTIONAL: In addition to IBS, the low FODMAP diet shows promise for helping people with other digestive disorders, including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).]