Have you been avoiding bread and wholegrains because you think you may be intolerant to gluten? Well you gluten intolerance may well be a FODMAP intolerance which is far more common than gluten. Gluten is the protein in wheat that causes the symptoms of coeliac disease. FODMAPs are the fermentable carbohydrates in some foods including bread and grains that can cause a whole range of gut issues for some people such as bloating, gas and pain. This condition is known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS affects 1 in 7 Australians and a low FODMAP diet is recommended to manage the symptoms and to find your specific food triggers of IBS. This should be done under the guidance of a trained nutrition professional and the diet can usually take 2-6 weeks.
Self diagnosing a gluten intolerance can result in missing out on important prebiotic foods which are often high in FODMAPs. Prebiotic foods are essential for gut health so its important to investigate what is really causing your symptoms and not omit these foods unnecessarily. To find out more about gut health or the low FODMAP diet get in touch here