19 Jun Low FODMAP diet improves symptoms in IBS patients
This research studied 90 patients with confirmed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The goal was to determine if a low FODMAP diet would reduce IBS symptoms. Each of the 90 patient was given a hydrogen breath test for fructose malabsorption, lactose intolerance and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). 75.6% of these patients tested positive for fructose malabsorption which is a gastrointestinal problem that causes abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea. After switching these patient to the FODMAP diet 72% of them reported fewer symptoms.
Ref: Int J Clin Pract. 2013 Sept. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23701141