Sunday, 29 May 2016

DIET for GASTRO: The low FODMAP diet during the recovery phase after an episode of gastroenteritis

By CK Yao, Dr Jane Muir, Judy Moore and Marina Iacovou

    If you have recently experienced the following tummy symptoms after a recent overseas trip or after a bout of ‘food poisoning’, it is likely that you had an episode of acute gastroenteritis.

  •  abdominal pain, bloating
  •  nausea 
  •  vomiting with frequent, watery bowel actions
  •  lethargy or fatigue
  •  lack of appetite
  •  malaise (general feelings of discomfort, illness)

  • These symptoms are often short-term and can last between a few days to a week. However, research is showing that a small proportion of people can then go on to develop symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In a Nottingham survey1 of people reporting an episode of bacterial gastroenteritis (food poisoning) over a 6 month period,

    ·        25% had symptoms persisting up to 6 months.
    ·        1 in 14 then went on to develop IBS (or what is termed ‘post-infectious IBS’)
    ·       Women or those with a longer duration of the gastroenteritis were at greater risk of developing post-infectious IBS
    Unfortunately there is limited scientific evidence to guide our recommendations for dietary management for gastroenteritis. Below we have provided some practical suggestions which may be helpful for your recovery.

    Friday, 20 May 2016

    Low FODMAP German recipe: Cucumber salad

    Cucumber salad


    • 1 English cucumber
    • ½ cup of fresh chives
    • 1 tub of lactose free yoghurt
    • 2 Tbsp. White vinegar


    1. Thinly slice the English cucumber
    2. (Optional step to reduce to water in the salad: spread the sliced cucumber out on a flat tray and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 20 minutes. Toss the cucumber and repeat with sprinkling salt and leaving it to sit for 20 minutes. Pour off any fluid and using paper towel squeeze out excess water from the cucumber.)
    3. Place cucumbers in a salad bowls and add the small tub of lactose free yoghurt.
    4. Finely chop up the chives and mix in with the cucumber and yoghurt. Add 2 Tbsp of white vinegar and mix well.
    5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Thursday, 19 May 2016

    The low-FODMAP diet during pregnancy

    By Marina Iacovou (PhD Candidate and Accredited Practising Dietitian)

    There are a number of nutritional factors to consider during pregnancy. Such as:
    •          Whether you are following a low FODMAP diet or not, it is important to meet your appropriate energy (kilojoule/calorie) needs, which includes extra nutrition requirements during pregnancy. A suitable pregnancy supplement is also recommended during this time
    •          A loss of appetite, an aversion to certain foods, morning sickness (nausea/vomiting), and in a small percentage Hyperemesis gravidarum (severe vomiting causing dehydration), can make it difficult to meet your nutritional requirements
    •          It is important to avoid certain foods which contain listeria or salmonella, because of the increased risk of food poisoning during pregnancy. These include: soft cheeses, sandwich/deli meats, pate, pre-prepared salads and raw eggs
    •          It is advised not to drink alcohol. This is the safest option.

    This is why consulting with a dietitian is very important whether you are following a low FODMAP diet or not.

    Sunday, 15 May 2016

    Rice Milks Revisited: Moving from red to green rating in app

    By Dr Jane Muir 

    Everyone was very disappointed when our rating for rice milk was red = high FODMAP!

    We have had many requests to conduct further testing of rice milks from different countries.  Our team has just completed testing rice milks from Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.

    Remember that the analysis of all FODMAPs in food is a complex and time-consuming process undertaken by the laboratory team here at Monash.  Some foods (particularly processed foods) present technical challenges.  Rice milk is one of these challenging foods. 

    Friday, 13 May 2016

    Low FODMAP Ground Beef Tortillas

    By Alana Scott, low FODMAP cook from A Little Bit Yummy

    Ground beef tortillas are the perfect way to get your family into the kitchen! Get your kids to help by assembling their own tortillas. Tasty ground beef is also a great way to sneak vegetables like kale and carrot into the meal. This is a light meal so if you think you need more food consider adding a side of homemade potato fries.

    USA Buckwheat groats make a great replacement for high FODMAP beans, which are used in more traditional ground beef mixtures. These groats give the ground beef a lovely nutty hint of flavour. Corn tortillas have been tested and are low FODMAP – you can safely enjoy 2-3 tortillas per meal.


    Friday, 6 May 2016

    Low FODMAP BBQ Chicken Skewers with Lemon Sauce

    By Alana Scott, low FODMAP cook from A Little Bit Yummy

    These BBQ chicken skewers are simple to make and delicious to share! The sauce gives the chicken skewers a beautifully sweet and tangy lemon flavour.

    Just remember to soak your wooden skewers in a bowl of water for at least 20 minutes before using otherwise you might set them on fire.

    Image by Alana Scott- A Little Bit Yummy