September 11, 2019 Chobani Australia

How to snack on a Low FODMAP diet

Low FODMAP? No problem, we’ve got the fit for your diet needs

The low FODMAP diet is popping up everywhere. We are hearing more and more of this diet for it’s effect on the gut and specifically its effects in managing IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms. So what are FODMAPs and can we include Chobani® in a low FODMAP diet?

What are FODMAPs?

FODMAPs are Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polys. Essentially, they are sugars that are naturally found in many foods including many fruits and vegetables or can be added to foods. These sugars are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and make their way to the large intestine where they ferment. In people who suffer IBS this fermentation process can cause bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea or constipation.

Research has shown that eliminating these FODMAP containing foods can help to provide symptomatic relief for IBS sufferers. It should be noted that the low FODMAP diet is a restrictive diet that should be used only for a periodic elimination with the guidance of a qualified dietitian. FODMAPs should also be strategically re-introduced into the diet over time as they also have many health benefits.

Due to its restrictive nature, the low FODMAP diet can be challenging and healthy, convenient snacks are seldom suitable for the IBS sufferer. When it comes to yogurt on the low FODMAP diet the yogurt must be both low lactose and not contain any other high FODMAP additives or flavours. In the new Chobani® FiT™ range the lactase enzyme has been added, this enzyme digests the high FODMAP sugar lactose making it FODMAP friendly and easy on the gut for IBS sufferers among us. Additionally, Chobani® FiT™ has no added inulin, a common high FODMAP ingredient in low lactose yogurts. This makes Chobani® FiT™ a great yogurt to have while doing a FODMAP elimination, just be sure to avoid the mango flavour (a high FODMAP fruit).

One of the many benefits to including low lactose, live yogurt in your diet while doing the FODMAP exclusion is that you can keep up your consumption of good gut bacteria (live cultures) and support healthy digestion.

How to enjoy Chobani® FiT™ on a low FODMAP Diet?

• Add it to a smoothie with almond milk, blueberries
• Mix it into your overnight oats or chia pudding for an extra protein hit
• Make frozen yogurt popsicles
• Or simply eat it out of the tub

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