FODMAP Diet – Is It Worth Trying?


Gastrointestinal issues can be alleviated when physically active people eliminate certain foods from their diets. Researchers from the Anglia Ruskin University in Britain conducted a study that showed how low fermentable disaccharide,  oligosaccharide, polyol (also known as FODMAP), and monosaccharide diet could reduce the issues that are induced by exercising such as bloating and stomach cramps. This way, active people will be able to exercise without any discomfort.

The FODMAP foods are products that contain lactose (cheese, milk, yogurt), galactic-oligosaccharides (onions and legumes), fructans (found in breads, cereals, and pasta), polyols (added often as a food additive), and excess fructose (in pears, apples, and asparagus).

According to the principal lecturer at the varsity, Justin Roberts, the found that when you follow the low FODMAP diet, you will benefit from a reduction of gastrointestinal symptoms that are related to exercising.

A group of healthy recreational exercisers was involved by the researchers for the study. Two eating plans were followed by everyone in the group for a week, the FODMAP content being the key difference.

The findings were published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and it found that 69% of those following a low FODMAP diet exercised more frequently and at a higher intensity to thanks to their improved symptoms.

Moreover, when people are following a FODMAP diet, they have their intestinal water reduced as well as the gas production, both being caused by less indigestible carbohydrates.

However, only one study is not enough to examine all the benefits that this diet has to offer. They need to examine those along with long-term training strategies.

Roberts suggested that in case you want to try out the FODMAP diet, you should be careful because your nutritional quality might be impacted by the fewer carbohydrate and caloric intake.


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