Monday, 13 October 2014

FAQs about the Monash University Low FODMAP diet app

1.    Is the App compatible with all versions of iPhone and Android?

The app is currently only available for IOS 7 and Android 4.0.

2.    Can I request a new food for FODMAP analysis?

We are not currently accepting suggestions of new foods for FODMAP analysis. Having received a very high volume of suggestions over the past months, our team is very busy analysing these for FODMAP content. All newly tested foods will be included in our major annual App update. App updates are available free-of-charge, so look out for these to ensure you have the very latest and most accurate information regarding the FODMAP content of different foods.

3.    Are measurements available in imperial (USA) units (i.e. pounds and ounces)?

You can view measurements in imperial units in the ‘Guide’ section.
  • Select ‘Guide’
  • Select ‘Settings’ (top left)
  • Under ‘Measurements’, select ‘Units’ and change to ‘Imperial (ounces)’.
You are not currently able to view recipe measurements in imperial units. However, we are planning to include this function in a future App update.

4.    I’m having trouble downloading the App on my Anrdoid phone.

Follow this link for instructions on how to access the App
If you are still having trouble, please contact us at:

5.    Will the App work on my iPad?

Yes! The following instructions and diagram describe how to install the App onto your iPad.
  • Open the Apple store
  • Click on ‘Purchased’ tab
  • Select either ‘iPad Apps’ OR ‘iPhone Apps’ (top left hand corner of the screen)
  • Select ‘Monash University Low FODMAP Diet’ from the list 

We are currently working on a version of the App that can be downloaded onto an iPad. This will be available late 2014. In the meantime, the current iPhone version of the App is compatible with the 5th generation of iPad. You can download the App using your iPad and re-size (x2) to increase the size of the image on your iPad.

6.    Can the Monash University Low FODMAP diet app be used in different countries?

Yes, our App is being downloaded and used very successfully in over 60 countries around the world! Because information included App is general (we do not refer to and specific ‘brand names’), information included in the App can be applied internationally. We receive many requests for the FODMAP content of country-specific foods and are currently testing foods from around the world. You can change the units of measurement into metric (grams) or imperial (ounces) in ‘Settings’. We recommend you only follow the low FODMAP diet under the guidance of a dietitian with expertise in this area. The dietitian can help you to select low FODMAP foods that are available in your area.
7.    Are foods from other countries being tested for FODMAP content? Will this information be added in the app?

Yes and yes! We are currently testing the FODMAP content of foods from a range of countries including the USA. Once our analysis is complete we will update the App with the results. App updates will be available free of charge.
8.    Can I download the App onto my iPod?

Yes! The App is compatible with iPod touch (3rd, 4th and 5th generations).

9. What is the difference between ‘gluten-free’ and ‘wheat-free’ foods? Do I have to restrict gluten?
A strict life-long ‘gluten-free’ diet is only required if you have been diagnosed with coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition that results in inflammation of the small intestine when any gluten is ingested. Ensure you are properly investigated for coeliac disease before restricting gluten in your diet. When following the low FODMAP diet, fructans and other FODMAPs, but not gluten, are restricted. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. These cereals also happen to be high in FODMAPs (mostly fructans). ‘Gluten-free’ foods are usually based on rice flour, maize- or corn-flour, potato-flour and quinoa which are low in FODMAPs, so by choosing ‘gluten-free’ you may also be choosing low FODMAP. Keep in mind, ‘gluten-free’ foods may have high FODMAP ingredients added (e.g. onion, pear or honey) so read the ingredient label carefully. Choosing a strict gluten free diet when you only require a low FODMAP diet will lead to over-restriction. Oats and traditional sourdough spelt bread contain gluten but are relatively low in FODMAPs so are suitable to have on a low FODMAP diet in appropriate serves. In addition, gluten is found in products derived from wheat, rye and barley, such as wheat starch, wheat thickeners and barley malt. These are common ingredients in a wide range of commercial products including soy sauce, confectionary, mayonnaise, yoghurts and more. They contain gluten and must be avoided on a gluten free diet for coeliac disease, BUT they are not high in fructans and are suitable to include in a low FODMAP diet.
‘Wheat-free’ refers to any food that does not use wheat in the manufacturing, but ‘wheat-free’ foods may still include ‘gluten-containing’ cereals such as rye, barley, oats and spelt and “fructan-containing” cereals rye and barley. Wheat-free does not necessarily mean that it will be low in FODMAPs. The ingredients of products claiming “wheat free” should be checked for other FODMAP-containing foods.


  1. Is it in the cards to have a version of the app that wouldn't depend on your phone/tablet? For the many people that don't have iPhones or Androids, would a web-based account with a log in to prove purchase be possible, so we can access FODMAP information on the go and without having to worry about our books becoming out of date? Thanks for all your hard work!

    1. Hi Nataliya,

      We have experimented with a web-based version previously and have found that it would be difficult to maintain the quality of experience our customers expect (responsiveness, consistency of interface, etc) over a diverse range of browsers, screen resolutions and operating systems, as compared to developing for mobile platforms. At this time, we are not developing a web-based product until we can be confident it would meet the existing high standards established by our mobile applications.

      Kind regards,

      The Monash University Low FODMAP team

  2. Why are soy sauce and baking powder specified as 'gluten free' in the recipe section of the handbook. We are getting confused small amounts of wheat are ok.

  3. Yes that is correct; it is OK to consume foods with small amounts of wheat on the low FODMAP diet. So you can include foods such as soy sauce and baking powder that are not specified as being gluten free and that may contain small traces of gluten. It is important to avoid foods where the main ingredient is wheat.

  4. Why does the recipe section in the handbook specifies "gluten free" then?