So you have an Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) diagnosis from your doctor and a FODMAP-trained dietitian to assist you – what’s next? It’s time to invest in low-FODMAP diet apps for your smart phone. In my experience, the following are the best apps available, both providing valuable support for IBS sufferers.
Monash University Low FODMAP DietTM app
This app explains the diet in detail, has low FODMAP recipes, and the largest tested database of foods. It classifies these foods using the traffic light system: green is low FODMAP at a specified-size serve; amber contains moderate FODMAPs; red is high FODMAP and best avoided in the elimination phase of the diet.
Fodmap Friendly app
Fodmap Friendly claims to be the only registered certification trademark worldwide verifying FODMAP levels in packaged foods and some fresh foods. It’s governed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other international authorities. Fodmap Friendly rates food by a pass/fail system at a nominated serving sizes; <100% in a particular FODMAP means it passes as low FODMAP and is suitable during elimination.
Please note that there are some discrepancies between the two apps. When you want to check a particular food, I suggest comparing the two apps to find the lowest safe rating. FODMAPs and IBS are relatively new areas of science and there’s so much we don’t know. Foods are continually retested and reclassified, so check the apps regularly and keep them updated.
Jenna Haworth is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, with a special interest in food intolerances and the low FODPAM diet. Jenna runs her private practice from Shellharbour NSW, specialising in the management of IBS. To find out more about Jenna, visit her website www.thenutritioncentre.com.au or to follow her instagram at @dietitian_jenna or facebook @thenutritioncentre1. Jenna features her own recipes, which may inspire your cooking.