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A gut-focused way of eating is rising with brands and certification focusing on FODMAPs. Learn what these letters stand for; and meet the brands serving this newer special diet.

Colleen Francioli

March 30, 2017

2 Min Read
Low-FODMAP brands debut at Natural Products Expo West 2017
Colleen Francioli

A new dietary approach to address symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive disorders popped up in packaged form at Natural Products Expo West 2017: low-FODMAP.

“FODMAPPED foods were thrilled to be a part of the Natural Products Expo West event this year,” founder and director Samantha O’Brien said. “There is certainly huge excitement around the low-FODMAP diet as it becomes the recognized solution for symptom relief of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).”

The low-FODMAP diet focuses on eliminating foods high in a collection of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars and fibers) that adversely affect digestion for those with sensitive guts. FODMAP stands for fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols.

Common FODMAP-containing foods include onions, garlic, artichokes, mushrooms, apples, dates, honey, agave, milk and milk products, pistachios, cashews, inulin/chicory root, high amounts of wheat and polyols. The FODMAP list goes on, making it somewhat trying—especially for those who don’t like to cook—to follow the diet. 

It is thought that IBS, the most common gastrointestinal disease, is 15 times more common than celiac disease. Ten percent to 20 percent of the global population and 25 million to 45 million Americans (1 in 7 people) experience symptoms of IBS, far more than those who need to go gluten free.

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When I first started talking about the term “low-FODMAP” at Expo West and Expo East a couple of years ago, I would get a blank stare or asked “FOD-what?” This year, more people were familiar with the low-FODMAP diet, which is great news as it is starting to gain momentum here in the states. (It’s more popular in Australia, where the diet was conceived.) Fans and followers of regularly tell me that they need access to low-FODMAP products, particularly on the shelves of their local supermarkets.

FODMAPPED For You and FODY are two low-FODMAP brands that made first appearances at Expo West this year. They offer products that are certified to be low in FODMAPs. Many sauces, condiments, salad dressings, convenience bars, soups and stocks contain high-FODMAPs. Reading labels at the store can take a long time. Also, not everyone will catch lesser-known ingredients deemed high-FODMAP such as inulin, a prebiotic found in yogurt, cookies, protein shakes, supplements and more. Plus, some gums and carrageenan have been said to cause gastrointestinal upset. Most consumers wouldn’t know this information unless they were FODMAP-trained experts or had time to do research.

The FODMAP Friendly Food Program is the only certifier with a registered certification trademark to denote food products that have been laboratory tested to be low in FODMAPs.

Visit to see more FODMAP-friendly products spotted at Expo West and find my top five picks in the New Hope blogger faves roundup.

About the Author(s)

Colleen Francioli

Colleen Francioli is a certified nutritionist and author with a focus on helping people with IBS, other functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) and food intolerances. She once suffered from IBS herself and has since found life balance with the low-FODMAP diet, an elimination diet developed in Australia, proven to help relieve symptoms of IBS. 

Colleen started her blog to help others with IBS learn how to choose the right foods and stress relief instead of pharma drugs. Colleen's book The Everything® Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook is available for pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indieboundand and is due to be published in May 2016. It has more than 300 low-FODMAP and gluten-free recipes, plus diet basics, tips, menu plans as well as low- and high-FODMAP lists. 

Colleen is a trained photographer and sommelier. Her background includes working as a digital marketing strategist, mostly for clients in the health and wellness sectors. Colleen has always enjoyed finding new, healthy products and engaging with brands that look to make a difference in the health of others.

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