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Is the Low-FODMAP Diet Right for You?

“I look like I’m pregnant and I’m not.” That’s the most common complaint heard by dietitian Danielle Capalino, RD, author of Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach: The Fast and Easy Low-FODMAP Diet Plan. Bloating, gas, and other digestive problems can be resolved with a low-FODMAP plan, she says, but it needs to be tailored to you.

What is FODMAP?

More than a decade ago, scientists at Monash University in Australia discovered that certain types of carbohydrates are hard to digest, and coined the term FODMAP, an acronym for technical names of the off ending ingredients (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols). FODMAPs are present in many foods and food additives (including

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