Wednesday, 17 August 2011

FODMAP anatomy

Ok, so not a lot of people understand the scientific series of events that occur when we all eat these foods we call FODMAP intolerant foods.

Fructose malabsorption is a persons inability to absorb fructose.
Fructose comes in many types of food cells (Fructans, Lactose:Galacto-Oligosaccharides, Polyols, Monosaccharides, Disaccharides)
Fructose passes through the intestines and is fermented by bacteria in the gut which is natural, causing both gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal bloating/cramps, constipation, loose stools, diarrhea or flatulence) and increased rapid spread or increase of certain intestinal bacteria and yeast which metabolise fructose.
In most people the process of the intestine breaking down food in this manner is normal and most people do not have any reaction at all.
People who are FODMAP intolerant have the symptoms that we have as a result of healthy, everday foods causing a reaction.

It is important to understand that for each person the reaction can be different but the reactions always involve the above food groups.

Other foods that may cause a reaction are Gluten and Lactose, this can be very common.

It is important to understand that this intolerence will not cause permanent damage to your gut if you are truly Fructose malabsorbent.

I hope this helps everyones understanding of how this intolerence affects us FODMAP people.

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