Author(s): Lucy Whigham
FODMAP is the current buzz word in the world of gut health and gastrointestinal distress. The low-FODMAP way can relieve even the most severe digestive discomfort. However, unlike most diets, this is not a fad. Rigorous clinical trials have proved the diet's effectiveness in treating symptoms of gut distress, and the scientific community, along with the general public, is excited about it and its role in treating functional gastrointestinal symptoms. FODMAP is an acronym for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These carbohydrates, present in a normal, healthy diet, are not fully digested and absorbed in the small bowel and go on to be fermented in the latter part of the bowel. This results in the production of gases and an influx of water, which, in susceptible individuals, can cause pain, discomfort, constipation or diarrhoea and excessive wind. Lowering the intake of FODMAPs in the diet can lead to substantial - many would say, miraculous - improvement in symptoms.
The low-FODMAP diet has been shown in rigorous clinical trials to improve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) such as bloating, abdominal pain, excessive wind and diarrhoea in up to 75 per cent of patients. The diet has also been used to help those with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease and other causes of gastrointestinal upset. This book demystifies the low-FODMAP diet and provides 125 tasty and delicious recipes for a happy gut.
Lucy Whigham (nee Goddard) trained at the University of Nottingham, UK, where she achieved a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has worked at a leading NHS Trust for over 10 years and also works in private practice at a prestigious clinic in London's Harley Street alongside this. Lucy sees patients for a variety of conditions but specializes in nutritional gastroenterology and disorders of the gut. Lucy has a particular interest in irritable bowel disease, other functional gut disorders and inflammatory bowel disease, and was an early adopter of using the low-FODMAP diet to treat these conditions, being part of the first group of dietitians trained by King's College London in 2010. She has seen a great number of people, both in her NHS and private practices, benefit from using the low-FODMAP diet to gain control of their gastrointestinal symptoms. Lucy has developed group sessions for sufferers of IBS on how to manage their symptoms using the low-FODMAP diet, speaks about gut health at healthy-living events and blogs regularly on gut health-related topics. @thegutdietitian