Fodmap Diet Shows Promise Taming Stomachs

Dr. Jason Tye-Din collects blood from a patient at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne.

“Prior to that, gluten-free had been the preserve of pharmacies and specialist health-food stores.” Abbott and Mead Johnson Nutrition have about 7 percent each of the global food-intolerance market by value, according to Euromonitor. Abbott, which sells intolerance products under the Vital and Ensure labels, introduced a limited-ingredient, gluten-free nutrition bar called Perfectly Simple in June. “We expect to launch an additional 20 products and formulations this year and have more than 30 clinical studies,” Abbott said Oct. 17, when it reported third-quarter earnings. Shepherd said she’s sold almost 200,000 copies of her eight cookbooks, which include “Irresistibles for the Irritable,” that help people choose bowel-friendlier foods. The recipes avoid sugars that aren’t well-absorbed in some people’s bowels, found in products ranging from onions to yogurts. These foods can cause bloating, excess gas, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea in some people hallmarks of irritable bowel syndrome experienced by at least 10 percent to 15 percent of adults, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, a research and education group in Milwaukee, Wis. “I pieced together what was an experimental diet,” said Shepherd, who began teaching the regimen in her private dietetics practice in early 1997. “I wasn’t randomly picking these foods. They all had something in common: They were all potentially not absorbed in the small intestine.” Peter Gibson, gastroenterology professor at Melbourne’s Monash University, helped coin the term Fodmap to describe the molecules people with irritable bowel syndrome have difficulty stomaching: fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols found in dozens of everyday things from apples and wheat to milk, high-fructose corn syrup and sugarless chewing gum. Shepherd, who has celiac disease, tested her diet on 25 people, preparing all their meals herself for 22 weeks in a study that formed part of a Ph.D.

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Smiths follow-up to his 2012 hit, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks, 4 Inches, 2 Sizes. His formula? Combining a low sodium diet with timing. US News and World Report has profiled and ranked five top diet plans for 2014 that offer either weight loss goals or treatment of specific health conditions. They include the Acid Alkaline diet, which promises pH balance control through an alkaline-rich diet. Eschewing acid based foods however, failed to impress U. S. News panel of diet and nutrition experts. There’s no scientific research to back up any of the claims, one panelist said. No data. No follow up. No sale. Next up is the Spark Solution diet featuring a structured diet of 1,500 calories a day and an exercise plan. Exercise is the key element of this plan, which one panelist called comprehensive program that can lead to healthier eating behaviors, while an opposing view opined that there is nothing new here. And if time is of the essence, there is always the Fast diet, which includes eating normally for five days of the week and cutting calories to about 25 percent for the next two days. Experts were not impressed.

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