The FODMAPS Diet
This diet was developed by researchers in Australia to help reduce IBS symptoms. FODMAPS stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides, and Polyols.
The theory holds that consuming foods high in FODMAPS results in increased volume of liquid and gas in the small and large intestine, resulting in distention and symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas, and bloating. Following a low FODMAP diet should result in a decrease in digestive symptoms. The theory says that there is a cumulative effect of these foods on symptoms. If you eat foods with varying FODMAP values at the same time it will add up resulting in symptoms that you might not experience if you ate the food in isolation.
This diet should not be used as a primary diet for those with SIBO. It has very helpful suggestions, but must be slightly adapted with the help of your physician.
Barrett, J. & Gibson, P. “cinical Remifications of Malabsorption of Fructose and Other Short-Chain Carbohydrates” Practical Gatroenterology 2007 XXXI: 51-65. http:// ibs.about.com/od/ibsfood/a/The-FODMAP-Diet.htm. Date accessed: June 9, 2013.