This post is sponsored by ProNourish. As always, all opinions are my own.
It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s been over 5 years since I began this journey of blogging about food and health. This website, which began as a way for me to share information about my own experience with cooking, has opened to my eyes to so many new things that I never imagined.
For example, I don’t have many food sensitivities to work around, but I network with hundreds of other bloggers who share their experiences with gluten, dairy and all types of other digestive sensitivities. A few years ago I was introduced to the Low FODMAP diet.
What in the world is a FODMAP?
FODMAPs is an acronym for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols, which classifies specific types of short-chain carbohydrates that can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine. The poor absorption of these food components can trigger gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea in some people with digestive sensitivities.
What is the low FODMAP diet?
The low FODMAP diet is a two to six week trial elimination phase where foods high in FODMAPs are removed from the diet, to reduce effects of FODMAPs on the gut (e.g., stretching caused by water and gas) that can lead to pain, bloating and cramping, and help establish the least symptoms possible.
A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) trained in the low FODMAP diet provides guidance on the reintroduction of FODMAPs, in a step-wise process, to distinguish individual FODMAP triggers and tolerances.
From there, the RDN prepares a customized, well- balanced eating plan to restrict your FODMAP triggers while minimizing food eliminations and maximizing nutritional value. A strict low FODMAP diet should only be commenced under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
It sounds tricky, but when eating common foods can cause you huge discomfort, an elimination diet can have an amazing effect on your life and help you feel like YOU again! The problem is that restricting your diet means that you’re cutting out all of the things that hurt you, but that may come at the expense of cutting out some of the things that are good for you, as well.
What nutrients may be inadequate in people following a low FODMAP?
People on a low FODMAP diet may have inadequate intake of fiber, calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium and riboflavin. ProNourish™ nutritional drinks contain 3 g of fiber plus 25 vitamins and minerals, including 25% or more of the daily value for calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium and riboflavin, to help fill nutritional gaps.
But don’t worry, there’s a solution! It’s surprisingly simple and delicious! ProNourish™ drink is the first nationally distributed product of its kind designed and marketed specifically to be low in FODMAPs for people with digestive sensitivities and following an exclusion diet.
ProNourish™ drink is a unique nutritional option for patients following an exclusion diet. It was specifically formulated with the guidance of healthcare professionals to be compliant with a low FODMAP Diet and is Low FODMAP Certified by Monash University, so you know that you’re in safe hands getting all of the things your body needs.
ProNourish™ drink provides:
- 3 g low FODMAP fiber
- 15 g high-quality protein
- 25 essential vitamins & minerals
- 170 calories per 8 fl oz bottle
- Only 6 g of sugars
- Suitable for lactose intolerance** & for people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease
ProNourish™ drinks avoid ingredients that may trigger digestive discomfort in some people:
- NO high fructose corn syrup
- NO sugar alcohols
- NO artificial colors
- NO inulin
- NO fructooligosaccharides
If you’re experiencing digestive sensitivities and your healthcare provider has put you on a low FODMAP diet, then give it a try!
For more information on FODMAPs and the Low FODMAP Diet, visit: www.LowFODMAPcentral.com
For more information on ProNourishTM drinks visit www.ProNourish.com
•Formulated to be low in specific carbs (called FODMAPs) that can be difficult for some people to digest
•• Not for individuals with galactosemia