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The Low FODMAP Diet

GI Specialist in Downers Grove, IL

If you’re battling with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other digestive disorders, you may benefit from a low FODMAP diet (FOPMAP=Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols). FODMAPs are certain types of carbohydrates that can trigger symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and diarrhea in some people. A GI Specialist can help you identify and avoid these foods, and provide you with personalized dietary advice and support.

At Digestive health services, we have a team of four highly qualified gastroenterologists who are specialized in providing the best digestive health care. At our gastroenterology clinic in Downers Grove, our gastroenterologists are boarded certified and have extensive training in Gastroenterology. We offer both in-person and telehealth appointments to provide convenient and patient-centered care. We also have state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat common and rare GI conditions.

If you are interested in seeing a Fodmap Specialist in Downers Grove, IL, please contact us today at 630-434-9312 to request an appointment.

More Information on Low FODMAP Diet

What are FODMAPs?

FODMAPs are carbohydrates, or sugars, that are found in foods. Not all carbohydrates are considered FODMAPs.

The FODMAPs in the diet are:

  • Fructose(fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup, etc)
  • Lactose(dairy)
  • Fructans(wheat, onion, garlic)
  • Galatians(beans, lentils, legumes such as soy, etc)
  • Polyols(sweeteners, avocado, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, etc)

FODMAPs pull water into the intestinal tract and may not be digested or absorbed well, and when you eat too much of these foods, the bacteria in your gut can break them down and make gas.

What Happens If You Eat High FODMAPs Foods?

High FODMAP foods can trigger these symptoms when the bacteria in your gut break the FODMAPs down through fermentation. This process can draw water into the gut, create gas, and cause bloating and swelling, which leads to the below symptoms:

  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Stomach bloating
  • Gas and flatulence
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastrointestinal gurgling

Who Needs a Low FODMAP Diet?

This diet is often used for people who are battling with IBS, but has the potential to be used in other digestive disorders that cause the same symptoms as IBS, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

What Foods Can You Eat on Low FODMAP?

Meats, Poultry, Fish, Eggs:

Beef, chicken, canned tuna, eggs, egg whites, fish, lamb, pork, shellfish, turkey, cold cuts


Lactose-free dairy, small amounts of cream cheese, half and half, hard cheeses (cheddar, Colby, parmesan, swiss), mozzarella, sherbet

Meat, Non-Dairy Alternatives:

almond milk, rice milk ice cream, nuts, nut butters, seeds


wheat free grains/wheat-free flours: bagels, breads, hot/cold cereals(corn flakes, cheerios, cream of rice, grits, oats), crackers, noodles, pastas, quinoa, pancakes, pretzels, rice, tapioca, tortillas, waffles


Bananas, berries, cantaloupe, grapes, grapefruit, honeydew, kiwi, kumquat, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, passion fruit, pineapple etc

Schedule an Appointment Today!

At Digestive health services, we have a team of four highly qualified gastroenterologists who are specialized in providing the best digestive health care. Our experts are here to help you follow the low FODMAP diet and improve your symptoms. Contact us today at 630-434-9312 to schedule an appointment.

Request an Appointment Today!

Digestive Health Services, SC is a gastroenterology practice with four board certified and highly trained physicians.