Unless you suffer from IBS you have no idea how painful and embarrassing it can be. It's a chronic disease that can cause bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation.
While there are lots of cures and treatments for the condition, none are 100% effective for every patient, and most people with IBS still deal with awful symptoms every so often.
But scientists have come up with a new diet that they hope will deal with the pain and discomfort of IBS for good. It's called the no-FODMAP diet, and while it's not much fun, neither is dealing with constant bloating!
No-FODMAP was developed by researchers at Monash University in Australia. It's named after the list of foods that experts say trigger abdominal discomfort.
The list includes fermentables, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols.
It sounds complicated, but there are very simple lists of foods you should avoid to keep your stomach happy, including apples, garlic, broccoli and artificial sweeteners.
The theory is your stomach may have trouble digesting these carbohydrate-rich foods, so they soak up the fluid in your digestive tract before being eaten by your gut bacteria.
Scientists think this process is what causes many common stomach issues. Patients find it hard to cut so many of their favorite foods from their diets, but after a while you can slowly reintroduce foods one by one to test how they affect your gut.
Some companies are even considering removing FODMAP foods from their products, so soon it will be easier than ever to choose meals that are healthy for your stomach.
Doctors still need to do more research on how effective no-FODMAP is, but early results are promising.
A study by the University of Michigan found that patients who tried the diet felt relief from their symptoms.
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