Monday, 29 June 2015

IBS in Children [FODMAP & Kids: 1/3]

By Peta Hill (Paediatric Dietitian)

The diagnosis of ‘IBS’ in children can present with similar symptoms to those seen in adults, such as: 
  • Tummy pain, 
  • Bloating or visible abdominal distension, 
  • Excessive wind, 
  • Diarrhoea +/- urgency +/- associated nappy rash and/or 
  • Constipation +/- straining +/- soiling

Monday, 22 June 2015

Thank you for supporting our research by purchasing the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet SmartPhone app

By Dr Jaci Barrett (Dietitian, Lecturer)

By purchasing our Monash University Low FODMAP Diet app, you have made a positive difference. Did you know that you have:
  1. Contributed to our ongoing program of FODMAP food analysis that sees new foods added to the app regularly and;
  2. Supported our extensive research program aimed at improving treatment and outcomes for people with irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis and more. 

Friday, 19 June 2015

Research update: Food components and IBS

By Dr Jane Varney

We’ve recently published a review article in the journal, Gastroenterology

In the article, we summarise evidence supporting the most common dietary approaches to IBS treatment, some of which are better supported by research evidence than others! We review ‘whole-food’ approaches that require individuals to undergo testing to detect intolerances to specific whole-foods, for example strict elimination-rechallenge diets and diets that identify food sensitivities based on the presence of immune markers (IgG 4). 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Winter seasonal produce (+Flourless Orange & Macadamia Cake recipe)

By Trish Veitch (Masters student, professional research chef)

We're moving into the cold season here in Australia! 

Reaping the benefits of food gardening in winter is incredibly rewarding! Many low FODMAP fruits, vegetables and herbs abound in the colder months like citrus, persimmons, carrots, celeriac, fennel, kale and parsley. 

In my garden I’ve got an orange tree dripping with ripe fruit so here is a simple recipe for a delicious recipe for orange and macadamia cake or mini cakes. The cake is very moist and keeps well but you will need a food processor to make it.

Friday, 12 June 2015

What it takes to run a FODMAP research study

By Caroline Tuck, Dietitian, PhD Candidate

Ever wondered how the scientific evidence behind the low FODMAP diet was actually made? Well here’s a snap shot.

Dietary studies are not easy to run, because food and diet are so complex it means there are a lot of factors to consider. 

Firstly, the research question needs to be identified. Once we know exactly what we want to find out, or perhaps, what dietary components we want to compare, we need to design a controlled study diet. The diet needs to be, not only nutritionally adequate, but if we are comparing one thing against another, it needs to be exactly the same with the exception of the food component in question. For example, to compare a high FODMAP vs low FODMAP diet, other than the FODMAP content, everything else needs to be the same. This means the fibre, protein, sugar and fat content all need to be identical between the two diets. This can get tricky, especially when high FODMAP foods also tend to be high fibre foods, it can be hard to match them exactly.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Just 2-6 weeks, it is not a STRICT diet for life

By Dr Jaci Barrett (Dietitian, Lecturer) & Caroline Tuck (Dietitian, PhD Candidate)

We hope this post gives you a better understanding & awareness on WHY the low FODMAP diet is not a strict diet for life.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

FODMAPs for endurance sports (+Tuna pasta recipe)

By Marina Iacovou (Dietitian and PhD Candidate)

IBS affects one in seven individuals, globally. It affects men and women, professionals, labourers, academics, medical professionals, mums, dads, children, adolescents, the elderly and more – there is no discrimination.  It also affects some athletes who participate in sports activities, whether it is for enjoyment, as a hobby, or at an elite level.  

Although some athletes may have IBS there are also many who suffer from a nervous anticipated wait, to the start of an event, or gut symptoms during an event, which often lead to IBS-like symptoms, in particular diarrhoea. This occurs in runners, more than any other athlete and is often referred to as the ‘runner’s trots’.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Chestnuts - Newly Tested Food

By CK Yao (Dietitian, PhD Candidate)

Chestnuts are a popular treat during the fall & cooler seasons around the world. They are commonly eaten steamed or roasted and can be included as a snack during Winter or incorporated into a baked dish or meal. The flesh provides a sweet and nutty flavour.

Chestnuts have been on our frequently asked food list for a while now. One serve of chestnuts (20 per sitting) is low in FODMAPs and should be tolerated by most individuals. However, excess consumption of chestnuts, 25 chestnuts or more, has a moderate FODMAP rating (from oligosaccharides – GOS) and should be limited. 

- 1 serve (20 cooked chestnuts; 84g)
- ½ serve (10 cooked chestnuts; 42g)


Monday, 1 June 2015

Cooking with onion and garlic- myths and facts

By Caroline Tuck, Dietitian, PhD Candidate

Confused about whether or not you can use onion and garlic in your cooking on a low FODMAP diet? Have you heard about adding big pieces of onion and garlic into cooking and removing it before consuming the meal, but you're not sure if this actually works? This post should help clarify a few of your queries.