- FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates found in certain foods and cause stomach discomfort in some people
- A low-FODMAP diet may ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea
- There are dozens of high-FODMAP fruits, vegetables, and sugars, and the diet can be restrictive—but for most people, it’s doable, and it’s only meant to be followed for a few weeks
The word “FODMAP” probably doesn’t make your mouth water, but most of us eat at least a few of them every day. And if you’re someone who suffers from serious gastrointestinal discomfort or a condition like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cutting them out of your diet (at least temporarily) could spell relief.
But what are FODMAPs, exactly? FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates found in certain foods that have one big thing in common: For some people, they’re notorious for causing stomach discomfort. These include