We have spent a lot of time discussing nutrition lately at The Awesome Muse. Many of us eat to gain greater health, and a focus on how to do so safely has always been paramount. We’ve discussed some great options about eating a gluten-free diet, and I’ve touched on the low-FODMAP diet before as well.
Today, we’re looking at the low-FODMAP diet more closely. We turned to expert, Dr. Rachel Pauls for her recommendations about the benefits of following this type of diet plan. I eat this diet as often as possible. It’s not always possible to do so, but I find that when I follow it as closely as I am able, I feel better.
Let’s turn it over to Dr. Pauls.
The Top 5 Benefits of Switching to a Low-FODMAP Diet, a guest post by Dr. Rachel Pauls
Dr. Rachel Pauls says packaged food nutrition labels should carry FODMAP-level information
For the estimated 45 million Americans who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), eating an apple a day won’t keep the doctor away in 2017. It’ll only lead to gas, bloating, cramping and either constipation or diarrhea. Super Bowl snacking and Valentine’s Day chocolate may activate the same digestive issues.
Fortunately, there’s hope. Studies show that 70 to 80 percent of people can improve or eliminate their IBS symptoms by following a low-FODMAP diet, and University of Michigan research shows that a low-FODMAP food plan is superior to other treatments. FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates that many people have trouble digesting, which can lead to IBS symptoms.
The Top 5 Benefits of a Low-FODMAP Diet
Dr. Rachel Pauls, a board-certified surgeon and mother of three who follows a low-FODMAP food plan to eliminate her own IBS symptoms, reveals the top five benefits of switching to a low-FODMAP diet, including stimulating your love life. You’ll have increased confidence.
- With less belly bloat, your clothes will fit better and you’ll feel thinner.54% of IBS sufferers feel self-conscious about their looks.
- You’ll quit ‘toilet mapping:’ Live your life with freedom. You will no longer worry about being close to a restroom in case of an unexpected attack.
- You’ll be in a good mood: Without gas and abdominal pain, you’ll feel more comfortable and in better spirits.
50% of patients on a low-FODMAP diet had major improvement of abdominal pain.
- You’ll climb the corporate ladder faster: Your improved mental and physical state will lead to fewer sick days and more focus on getting the job done.21 billion is the estimated cost to society of medical expenses plus loss of productivity and work absenteeism from IBS.
- You’ll enhance your love life: No more dreading dates and avoiding intimacy out of fear that expelling gas or constipation will spoil the mood.64% of IBS sufferers have avoided having sex because of symptoms.
Low-FODMAP eating is gaining recognition so rapidly that Newsweek recognized it as a 2017 food trend, and Blake Lively recently caused an Internet stir when she posted an Instagram picture of low-FODMAP food she is receiving from a delivery service in New York.
However, success with a low-FODMAP diet involves a commitment. “Following a low-FODMAP diet can be complicated. FODMAPs are present in many different foods and food categories,” Dr. Pauls said. “Not all carbohydrates are high in FODMAPs, and combining low-FODMAP foods can even lead to a high-FODMAP food serving.”
To make life easier, Dr. Pauls believes that putting FODMAP levels on nutrition labels would be enormously beneficial to the estimated 15% of Americans suffering from IBS. In fact, her company, Rachel Pauls Food, is offering certified low-FODMAP food via its website, www.RachelPaulsFood.com.
Low-FODMAP Seal of Approval
Rachel Pauls Food’s first product, Happy Bars, contain less than 0.5 grams of total FODMAPs per serving and are stamped with the Dr. Rachel Pauls Low-FODMAP Seal of Approval. The Seal, now marketed to other food companies, is based on the only known U.S. lab test being used to scientifically analyze and verify food as low-FODMAP.
Companies interested in learning more about the Dr. Rachel Pauls Low-FODMAP Seal of Approval should contact [email protected]. The seal will only be granted to products that meet certain objective criteria, including having less than 0.5 grams of total FODMAPs per serving.